How hot is too hot?
Just wondering what everybody else does in this heat. I live in Michigan and it got really hot really fast. We have had a week of 80+ weather and the past few days it's been in the high 90s. I try to get out to the barn early in the morning, but even today it was 90 degrees by 10am. I don't want to just not ride since with the way it's been I would never be able to ride. I do take it easy, more walk than trot and canter, but I get the feeling that it's going to be a really hot summer since its June and all ready getting hot and we had a really mild winter that was kind of a give away.
How do you get your horse use to this sudden heat? How do you get yourself use to it (cuz I know Im suffering)?
I find it hard to work up much energy in the hot weather now, never used to bother me when I was younger.
Just take it easy, lots of walking. If you do trot and canter do it in short sessions with lots of walking after. Hose you horse off after a ride and scrape off the excess. During the day being kept in the barn or misted often helps.
I don't normally ride if its over 95, but when I do I just hose my horse off. If its really hot I don't put a flysheet on during the day either.
I don't ride much if it's over 100, and that's pretty much what it is here May through September! (we're usually over 110 in July and August). I don't deal with the heat well.
Since I lack an arena and the space for one (I have a tiny area I can ride), I'm boarding one of my horses this summer. That way I can ride in a nice arena with lights, so I can ride at night.
We dont ride until at least 7pm. It has been 100 here already and its just to hot for riding.
It's been in the upper 90s and low 100s here, with heat index up to 110! I don't ride if it's at or past 95, or 90 with high humidity. We have times here when it's in the 90s with 85%+++ humidity... YUCK! I just go out and hose the horses off, then go back inside, lol.
Thankfully it has started to cool off a little bit and should continue to do so throughout the week. I could deal with 80s and 90s if it weren't such a wet sticky nasty heat that we get here.
I live in Kansas, therefore, getting used to the heat is essential. I ride at 7:00 every morning when it is going to get 90+ degrees, which is at least 3/4 of the summer. My horses (who have all come from Texas) are used to the heat. The trouble here is the intense humidity that comes with the heat. Dry heat is like heaven compared to the humidity.
When I ride, I usually ride for about 45 minutes, depending on my goals that day, the horse's fitness leve, and the horse I am riding. Afterwards, the horse always gets a complete hose down (including a sponge on the head).
If it is unbearably hot the entire day, even at seven AM, I don't ride. Period. It's not good for me (I have a kidney condition that makes me get heat stroke really easily) or the horse.
Unfortunately, most of the time it is too hot to put fly sheets on (but they have fly masks) and my horses fade out tremendously. Uma is almost black in the winter and literally buckskin with dapples in the summer.
I feed at 5:30 am and ride from 6:30 to 7:30. Usually its still in the 80s by the time I come in. Thats the only tolerable time to ride in Texas this time of year. Shows are a whole different problem but I just keep plenty of fluids in me and my horse and try not to get them to hot.
Not yet, but soon, our lows overnight will still be triple digits! Just doesn't really cool off in the summer here :(
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