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post #1 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Worried.. Showing? In this heat?

I have a show tomorrow, (at Hazelwild Farm) and I'm a tad worried. Phillip does not do well in the heat. I had a show Tuesday.. He was extremely sweaty.. We did do well. Won Reserve Champion. That's beside the point, what should I do about this show? They have an indoor and outdoor ring. I don't know where I'll be riding, or what time my class starts. I know I school in the morning.. Usually Maiden has been after short stirrup. I don't have the prize list for this show, which doesn't make it any better. After I school, what should I do with my pony? I always have water available, Phil never wants any. The amount of sweat that pony has is terrifying...

So.. To conclude.. How should I keep him cool? Hose him off? Keep him in the trailer? What? I'm really worried we won't do well because of the heat..
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post #2 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 11:03 AM
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When you say you don't have a prize list and that doesn't make this any better - are you saying that if you knew what the prizes may be that would influence your decision(s) about this show? Rather than being worried you won't do well, perhaps your concern should be whether participating will be beneficial or detrimental to your horse.
Putting him on the trailer will not do much to keep him cool as on the trailer will tend to be hotter than off (the close, confined air and the fact that it will be compounded by the body heat coming off of him, as well as the sun heating the trailer itself).
You could try using sponging from a bucket of cool water - concentrate on the groin and belly where the large veins are most visible.
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The reference to the prize list had to do with knowing the order of the classes and what time of day she would be riding. "Prize list" is kind of a misleading term for hunter shows and schooling shows, as the "prizes" are usually ribbons thru sixth place.

Philip, I would pack lots of extra water and sponge him down thoroughly after schooling, as macpack suggested. Have a towel that you can wet and drape over his neck for extra cooling while you're waiting for your classes.

If it were me, I would scratch from any classes after 12 noon and go home, but that's just me.
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post #4 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 11:17 AM
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I see - we are not showing folk, 4-H only and this was the first year for even that. Thank you for the explanation.
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post #5 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you both for your replies. I'll call Hazelwild this afternoon to see what the deal is. They might cancel if it endangers the horses. Should I bring Ice packs? Would that help too? I'll try to keep him i the shade as much as possible.
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post #6 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 11:27 AM
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Maura gave you great advice.

I could not find any horse shows listed at that farm for this weekend. Maybe they just did not put it on their website.

Good luck.
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post #7 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks AB.

I found their prize list online.They don't have a fantastic website.

We're thinking about taking either my mare, or my gelding. I'd like to bring bother. Since Pleasure and Maiden are right next to each other. I'll call my trainer and see what she thinks. She has my gelding ATM, and I have my mare at my place. So it'd be 'difficult' to bring both, says my mom. Thanks all.
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I bet they cancel. It's been black flag for the last few days, although I noticed Silverstar had their Thursday evening show this week.

I would park down near the lesson barn in that gravel lot because it's a bit shadier, I'd actually consider paying for a stall, I think it's like $25 for the day. I wouldn't park in the field because they have no shade at all. And as mentioned, I'd do the morning classes and get out......

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post #9 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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I called, no answer. If you hear they canceled for sure, shoot me a PM. I'll see what my trainer is doing, and I'll probably try to rent a stall. Great idea farmpony! I really need to show in Maiden, but if it doesn't work out.. I'll try pleasure. o.o" - he's really really speedy.
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Originally Posted by maura View Post

If it were me, I would scratch from any classes after 12 noon and go home, but that's just me.
I would also do that.
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