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post #11 of 20 Old 07-02-2012, 11:42 AM
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Whew, must not be that hot where you are. We had heat index from 105-110 this weekend. Other than going outside to hose off the horses and hand graze them in the shade, it was too hot to do anything. Forget getting on, by the time I finished hosing them, I was ready to jump in the pool.
That's how it's been here too. They were breaking a sweat standing. The main herd that's out 24/7 (they have access to a lean to with industrial fan) have been playing in the sprinkler. I've been doing all of my 'have to' riding in the indoor after the sun goes down. Fans for everyone, electric bill is going to be awesome I'm sure

Though I will say that since I'm not riding horses during the day and riding a pool floatie instead, I'm evening out my farmers tan

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post #12 of 20 Old 07-02-2012, 12:16 PM
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I have only been hosing them down and brushing them , sometimes if it's cooled off enough by like 8 I will take a short ride , but if it's to hot for me and I am sweating by barely doing anything I am not going to make my horse work.
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post #13 of 20 Old 07-02-2012, 12:42 PM
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Its been 100-105 and HUMID here, with severe thunder storms >.>

since I don't ride Sour in the first place, we're really good at killing time without working up a sweat. I'm usually out there in the early morning or late evening, and we've been spending a lot of time learning to pivot, refining her 'back up' on command, a lot of 'sending' over obstacles, setting up small obstacle courses of poles to walk over at different lengths, bridges, streamers to go under, etc- learning to walk through the mud without hesitating (her biggest vice as of right now xD), going for trail walks, ground tying, yielding to pressure, etc. Its really helping us bond. And we've also been spending PLENTY of time with our best friend, the hose ;) we BOTH get a bath after we're done 'working!'

For the bigger guys, I've been doing a lot of stuff with our yearling, Peppin- who's still not doing too well and is still getting over some fear issues by working on leading quietly with the lead line 'floating' between us, bathing, grooming, and just spending a lot of time hand grazing and scratching of the itchies. With his dam, Bess- who is finally okayed by the vet to do more strenuous activities....right when its too hot to do them- we've been doing a lot of respect exercises, trail walking, tacking up and just 'hanging out', mouthing the bit, and things like that. Its a great time to take things slow and really make sure they're 100% ready for the fall work outs!

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post #14 of 20 Old 07-02-2012, 12:52 PM
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I think you're overestimating what I'm doing :)
Lol! It depends what you mean by "hot". Like in a weather we have at the moment I'd do nothing, however when it's just very warm to ride seriously I have no problem with ground work etc.

I have to say I was quite appalled to see people riding horses under the sun in ring mid-day on Fri (both my horses were soaking wet that day doing nothing but standing in shed, and they are both fit).

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post #15 of 20 Old 07-02-2012, 01:04 PM
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yeah the weather here has been in the low - mid 90s but also with relatively high humidity - 70% and up. I am supposed to school XC wed and show sun on my clyde cross, but with forecasts of 89 and 88 degrees plus extreme humidity putting heat index well into the 90s, i'm seriously considering scratching. Being a draft cross, he sweats easily and just doesn't do well in the heat, and while I can school in the AM, the show will take place throughout the afternoon likely during peak heat and humidity hours.

It's a shame it won't be like today - high 85 with 30 - 40% humidity and perfect for riding due to a nice breeze. I know this past saturday I rode from 11 - 1245 (not all the same horse! Had a few to work!) and I kept a close eye on the temps. It wasn't yet 90, and humidity was 35% so okay to work. Once 2PM hit though, it was 94 and humidity level started creeping up and the breeze had died out so we had made sure ALL riding/lessons were done before then.

On a totally different note, my arab can easily handle the heat and we do trails so usually in the shade plus lots of water crossings. He doesn't sweat as much and is much smaller body mass wise and his body does well in the heat - big difference compared to my clyde cross.

All in all - know your horse, and what makes the most sense. I'm not working towards a major show career, so to me it's never worth it to push my horses if it could risk them getting heat stroke. Even worse is _I_ am very sensitive to the heat and get heat stroke at anything over 90 myself so need to be careful to not push myself either!

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post #16 of 20 Old 07-02-2012, 01:40 PM
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Our average high for the last two weeks has been 105. I just started riding early in the morning and at night. It's about 80* by 8 in the morning, and cools off enough to saddle up around 10 at night.
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With 115 heat indexes, I am REALLY lucky to be a working student! We get there at 7:30AM, work a little, ride, work a little more, and we are done by noon. Beating the heat is almost the only way. There is no way I would force my pony to work so hard in this deathly heat. I will usually ride my personal horses at about 7-8:00 PM so that it isn't quite as hot, and even then it's not hard work. I save jumping days for the coolest days of the week.

So I would say work on the biggest, hardest working part of your training scheduale for as late as you can possibly push back. If you need to skip a little per day, that's okay. In this heat, your horse matters more than your training scheduale!

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You are better to just let your horse be when it is very hot. Unless you have a arena with lights then feel free to work them at when it is dark out. My horses have had 4 days off and sounds like they will get another 3 or 4. When it is 90 or above my horses get off. But we have humidity around 70%.
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post #19 of 20 Old 07-02-2012, 04:34 PM
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Our heat index yesterday was 112F. Blah.

I usually don't ride when it's over 95F. If it's hotter then I may lunge for just a couple minutes, do carrot stretches, work on leading/trotting in hand, bathe, thoroughly groom, work on ground tying, in-hand obstacle courses, or something simple.

A good "filler" thing to do that most horse owners either need to do or re-do is check your horse's vitals and record them. Check their CRT and pulse. Great to have in an emergency! You can also do their weight if you have a tape.

I'm waking up at 5:30 tomorrow to go on a trail ride. Then I have to clean stalls, and then do the PM feeding. Going to be a long day with the 100+ temps.
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post #20 of 20 Old 07-03-2012, 08:23 AM
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we have a heat advisory until friday at 10pm. It was still 92degrees F at 10pm last night.

I didnt ride yesterday, but I will ride in heat. I mostly do to get gypsy prepared to show in heat. Last year I went to 2 shows where it was over 100degrees F. Its not fair to show them if they arent used to it.

When I ride when its real hot, I usually just flat for 20-30 minutes, then go for a walking trail ride. The barn is in a valley and the trails are up on the hills, so we get a decent breeze and its a lot cooler up there. My horse is super fit and always wants to go ride and I make sure to cool her off and put her in front of a fan after we ride.

If your horse is not fit, I would not ride them much in the heat.

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