This heat wave has been long and unrelenting this summer. It has been just as hard in areas never known to have such prolonged and deadly heat indexes.
Today, I had several lessons and a new horse to ride. They started a little late at 9:00, but I sometimes think I am immune.....I guess.
Finally I get to the horse, a TALL, talented, but green warmblood. After about 10 minutes in the ring, in the heat, I suddenly got extremely dizzy and almost passed out. The owner came to hold the horse while I drank a bottle of water and cooled off with wet towels. I tried to ride again and came really close to passing out, again. Time to get both man and beast out of the heat.
The heat index was around 105 degrees.
If I had been away from the barn and this had happened, I would have had a real hard time getting back. This can be a deadly situation. Luckily, horses weather it much better than humans do. I do know I am sensitive to heat so, no one to blame but myself.
PLEASE, don't push yourselves in these hot times.
New rule for my students....all lessons done by 10:00 until the weather breaks.