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post #11 of 29 Old 07-18-2013, 09:05 PM
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You absolutely CAN drink too much water. Water intoxication disrupts the body's electrolyte balance and leads to brain dysfunction. It is rare, but does happen.
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post #12 of 29 Old 07-18-2013, 09:06 PM
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Agreed that you can drink too much water. Best to drink enough that you don't feel absolutely sick but instead hydrated.

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post #13 of 29 Old 07-18-2013, 09:13 PM
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What I do is I keep several 32 oz gatorade bottles in my freezer. Some of them I fill full of water and some only half. When I go to the barn in the morning, I'll generally take 2 of the full ones and 2 of the half-full ones. I fill up the ones that are half full and then leave them all sitting in my tack room. Whenever I start getting a little hot or thirsty, I always have plenty of cold water handy.

If you are riding in the sun, you'd do best to wear lightweight cotton shirts in light colors...long sleeved if possible. Just look at the Arab people that live over in the desert. They wear layers of lightweight fabric and it keeps them cool even in the desert heat.

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post #14 of 29 Old 07-18-2013, 10:29 PM
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hmmm. Ignore me then! LOL. I was always told that you'd have to drink over a gallon in a short period of time to affect you negatively.

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post #15 of 29 Old 07-18-2013, 11:32 PM
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When I was spending a lot of my time in Saudi Arabia, thanks to Uncle Sam, I tried to get out and walk/jog at least some during the hot part of the day. I think it help my body get used to heat. I always figured if I was shot down over Iraq, my body would be better prepared. In southern Arizona (& retired), I still jog pretty regularly in 100 deg heat.

Water is good, but it can be useless to drink too much too fast. When I get back from a run in the heat, I drink a 16 oz mug of water about every half hour, and usually make about one drink out of four milk instead of water. I find the milk really helps with my electrolytes, and does it without the sugars most electrolyte drinks have. After 2-3 hours, I'm rehydrated. Without the milk, I get headaches.

When riding, my horses don't have access to water. I use my heat stress to help gauge theirs. I ride Mia about 95% of the time, and we both seem to start struggling with thirst at the same time. If I'm thinking shade & water, then I figure she is as well...which seems accurate from her reaction. YMMV.

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post #16 of 29 Old 07-18-2013, 11:48 PM
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I learned today that yes, water water water!!

I learned to jump today and it was great! But it seems to be happening lately that once I get off the horse, I can hardly move and when I do, it's not very far.
I could only walk about 5 steps at a time to go back to the barn with my horse in tow because I couldn't get back on. Everytime I tried to get my leg up, it was just useless.
It was just so hot! I tried not to overwork myself but it seems that once I get off the horse it all just hits me at once. Thought I was going to pass out.

Long story short... more water and more exercise for me!
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post #17 of 29 Old 07-19-2013, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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I'd like to thank everyone for their comments/advice! I will definitely have to try some of these out this next Wednesday!(:
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post #18 of 29 Old 07-19-2013, 11:46 PM
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I live in Wellington, FL, so it's always hot. Cool cloth at the back of your neck, moisture wicking polos, lots of water. Thank the good Lord we have a fridge in the tack room. Gotta love a cold beer on a hot day.
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post #19 of 29 Old 07-20-2013, 12:03 AM
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I have two of those special workout shirts that 'wick sweat' and all that. Both are neon- one blue one orange. When it is really miserable out, I pull that on, and so far it has been worth the odd looks. Band camp teaches you many, many things, one of which is: water consumption should not go above one bottle per hour of marching, unless you want bathroom runs. This could vary, but ask yourself- are you drinking because you are hot, or because you are actually thirsty?

Band camp...how I loathe thee. starts in just under 2 weeks: 11 hours of marching every day, for 5 days. Last year it broke 100 some days. OH, and lets not forget the water breaks are only one every hour to hour and a half- if he remembers. Mini-rant over. Pity me
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post #20 of 29 Old 07-24-2013, 12:29 AM
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Wear breatheable, light coloured clothing. It won't attract as much heat which means you will stay slightly cooler. Have a water bottle handy near the arena and take regular water breaks during your lesson.

When the weather is over 30 degrees celscius I can normally be found riding at the beach. :) My horses both love splashing around in the cool water, going for a gallop up the sand and just generally cooling down. I also try and ride earlier or later in the day to avoid the heat.

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