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post #21 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 10:47 PM
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Ware, in my part of the world, temps averaging around 100 are pretty much par for every day from the middle of May until the middle of September. You just kind of get used to it. Nowadays, the only temps that really eat my lunch is when it's over 110. Pretty much anything else, I can combat the heat with a combination of proper clothing and plenty of ice water (I freeze those big gallon gatorade bottles at night and then spend much of the following day drinking them as they melt and re-filling them from the hose at the barn).

I know with the heat index and all that, a humid heat actually feels hotter, but I often wonder if a dry heat isn't more dangerous. Because we're so dry here, with relative humidities maybe reaching 25% on a humid day, you just can't get any cooling from what you do sweat because it all evaporates the instant that it seeps out through your pores. Even breathing in weather like that is agony because your nasal cavities dry out to the point of nosebleeds and it makes your lungs feel like little shriveled up raisins. It only takes about 15-20 minutes here to be pretty severely dehydrated.

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post #22 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 11:08 PM
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Mmph. Our summer HIGHS are 65. As much as I like how it doesnt get hot and you dont have to wait to ride and such... Couldn't we at least get something in the high 70s a couple times a week?! Coastal living *sigh*

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post #23 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 11:11 PM
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Good gosh, if we had a day that only got up to 65, everyone would be running around in coats . We're lucky if our nightly lows get down to 65.

Casey, I would seriously trade you weather patterns for the next few weeks if I could. Here's our 10 day forecast .
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post #24 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 11:20 PM
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^^^Those temps are beach weather or poolside weather. Yes once in awhile it does get that hot here but we have a plethora (expanding my vocab, lol) of lakes here to choose from.
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We don't avoid the heat and just get used to it. It doesn't bother the horses. We still all do the work that needs to be done and polo practices or games are still held 6 days a week.

I had to laugh last week when I got chilly and it was 81*. I remembered last winter going outside without a coat when it was 14* because it had been below zero for a few weeks and 14 felt warm.

I amazed at our abilities to adapt.
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Since we're talking about the heat anyway, I might as well share what I've learned working outside in it every single day all day long. The best way to stay cool isn't actually to wear less clothing. Tank tops and shorts don't = cooler body. Actually, the very best way to stay cool when it's so horribly hot out there is to wear light weight, light colored clothing. I still wear my same jeans as I do in the winter, but they are a light denim color. For my shirt, I wear a tight fitting white cotton tee underneath a long sleeved, light colored, lightweight cotton button up shirt.

The way that works is, the t-shirt absorbs your sweat as soon as it exits the body and holds onto it. The light colored outer clothing reflects much of the sunlight so you don't absorb as much heat.

Then, as the wind blows, it blows through the outer shirt and over the moisture in the undershirt, which cools the wind before it actually hits your body. It works much the same way as those old fashioned swamp coolers that folks used to use as air conditioners for their homes. Pulling air over moisture cools it down so you feel a cool breeze on your body instead of a hot one.

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I know with the heat index and all that, a humid heat actually feels hotter, but I often wonder if a dry heat isn't more dangerous. Because we're so dry here, with relative humidities maybe reaching 25% on a humid day, you just can't get any cooling from what you do sweat because it all evaporates the instant that it seeps out through your pores. Even breathing in weather like that is agony because your nasal cavities dry out to the point of nosebleeds and it makes your lungs feel like little shriveled up raisins. It only takes about 15-20 minutes here to be pretty severely dehydrated.
The reason a humid heat feels hotter is because your body still sweats, and it doesn't evaporate. Dry heat allows this evaporation, hence keeping your body cooler. Both are equally dangerous in terms of dehydration - you don't stop sweating in a humid heat just because it's not evaporating, you just get wetter lol.

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post #28 of 43 Old 08-01-2012, 08:17 AM
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I was working out in the field last week with a construction crew. Sure made me glad that I work in a nice comfy, air conditioned office. I guess I was luckier than some of the people here at work that have to do their mandatory "ride alongs" with field crews. I work outside at home, so the heat wasnt so bad.

Smrobs: We have a COLD front coming in this weekend. Temps are supposed to get down to nearly 100!
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post #29 of 43 Old 08-01-2012, 09:22 AM
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We broke records yesterday with the heat! And from the heat and one of my mares being over weight on this horrible crappy pasture her hoof split open and she lost the outside of her heal! God was watching out though and I caught it first thing and a farrier was already there! He consulted 2 vets on how to treat her and she is now comfy in the barn with a lovely wrap on her now small portion of her hoof cleanly clipped off. I will be changing the dressing today and if its looking better, as she is moving around on it well, then she may come into the dry lot with my momma mare and oyr foal.

To keep everyone cool is not possible but cold fresh water and feeding early morning and late evening is what I am doing. So far so good. I am just praying for rain.
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post #30 of 43 Old 08-01-2012, 12:41 PM
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Here in AZ we're in monsoon season-had power outages yesterday. Things are greening up & we are having to do weed control again. I guess the Phoenix area got hit pretty hard-lots of flooding. The heat has not bothered my horses-they are quite the chowhounds, and they do go through the water-probably close to 30 gallons a day each. Also I can see the days getting a bit shorter also.
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