07-02-2012, 08:10 AM
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Here in southern AZ, we are lucky to get any summer days BELOW 105°! I ride in the early morning, (no later than 7:30-8 am) but even then it is about 95-97° by the time we are done...a nice tepid hose off after our cool-down walk helps, and the horse I ride now, Giselle, stays in her stall during the middle & hottest part of the day, with evening turn-out about 7pm, when it is around 95° anyway, but not 110°!...she seems pretty unfazed by it, actually... this is likely due to her having been born and raised here/living in this heat all her life...
She drinks lots of cool, clean H20, and has an electric fan in her stall (waaay up high, at an angle, to provide constant air circulation), as all the indoor barn horses have. She doesn't seem to be the least bit uncomfortable, and is definitely "raring to go" with each ride! :0) Each of my trainer's horses and boarders receive a bucket daily with various supplements and electrolytes contained within, as well.