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post #1 of 19 Old 08-07-2011, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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I almost had a disaster today...Be careful out there!!

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.

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post #2 of 19 Old 08-07-2011, 04:18 PM
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Sorry that happened. How scary. Luckily you were with other people. Glad your ok.
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Oh that's scary. Glad you're okay.

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The weird thing is it came on me so QUICKLY....and with no other symptoms.

Now, after getting home, cool shower and lots of air conditioning...the headache I should have had first is finally hitting me...dadgummit!!
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post #5 of 19 Old 08-07-2011, 04:34 PM
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Ouch. I just came in from being outside. I also now have a bad headache.
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post #6 of 19 Old 08-07-2011, 04:39 PM
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Take it easy the rest of the evening, drink lots of Gatorade type liquids, and I hope your feeling better by morning.

A guy next door passed out yesterday while working on his car on the blacktop.

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post #7 of 19 Old 08-07-2011, 04:51 PM
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Yikes! Tis' the season & eerily familiar. Drink lots of Gatorade, eat salty food, keep an eye on your temp & rest!

I just went through this last night with my hubby. Building new stud lots in 110 heat index isn't the best idea to say the least. He refused to take breaks & dehydrated himself. He can't leave anything half finished, good trait most of the time. He collapsed while getting in the skid loader. Cut his forearm open on the bucket, dizzy, major leg cramps & an asthma attack on top of it. Fortunately at the time he collapsed I was giving my dr's grandson a lesson in the indoor & she took care of him for me. She said quickest relief is to put ice packs in your armpits, behind your neck & the groin area. DH wouldn't let me ice his groin bahaha! He's grounded from going out today unless its to the pool.

Take care of yourself! My dr also said be very aware for a week to 10 days after a spell as it won't take much for a repeat after going down once.
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As a fellow worker I feel your pain! It often takes me a good 30-60 mins to feel well enough to eat or do anything but lay in front of a fan.

I've realized that if a horse doesn't get worked hard or that extra project doesn't get done, no worries. Take care of yourself first!
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post #9 of 19 Old 08-07-2011, 05:14 PM
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I feel you! Today was 96, not sure of the index. This is COOl for us right now.

I went to the barn to work with Sunny under saddle a little and by the end of the session(less than 1 hour) she and I were both completely drenched with sweat and exhausted.

I am really tempted to just stop with the under saddle work for now and wait until the weather stays out of the 90s and 100s. It is just so hot for both me and Sunny.

Glad you're okay!
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Ouch. Fair all week has been miserable; I've been there every day from 8 to 11 at night. Thursday, it didn't end until 1 in the morning . We're all drinking lots and lots of water, and keeping plenty of water in the horses' stalls.
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