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post #21 of 29 Old 07-24-2013, 12:11 PM
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Water, water, water, Gatorade, water , water, water. Water is great but somehow you need to get some salts and sugars back in the body that you lose through sweating. Soda, beer although soooooo very good on a hot day are Terrible for you. Remember, if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated and behind the 8 ball.

In the summer time when I'm at the firehouse you will rarely see me without a water bottle within arms reach. When the bell hits and it'sin the 90's and 80% humidity that is not the time to start drinking. Same with working in the heat or riding. Get hydrated before and stay that way.
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post #22 of 29 Old 07-24-2013, 01:02 PM
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Yes, lots of water before hand and no large meals within a few hours.
I do hot yoga very regularly, up to 3 hours a day. It's easily 38 degrees with at least 80-90% humidity. Great for conditioning! I despise running so this is my hot weather conditioner.
As well grab some weights at the gym and condition your muscles.

Be as prepared as possible! Good luck!
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post #23 of 29 Old 07-24-2013, 11:29 PM
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To a 14 oz water bottle I add a squeeze of 1/2 a lemon plus a pinch of salt. I'm susceptible to overheating and this works well for me.
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post #24 of 29 Old 07-26-2013, 12:38 PM
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I have ALWAYS been prone to heat exhaustion, illness and even heat stroke on a few occasions...turns out mine is due partly to an autonomic nervous system disorder and the doc says being tall and scrawny doesn't help either. Anyways, in addition to the many great suggestions I will add a few things:
1. The sugar in traditional Gatorade can make things way worse. I use nuun tablets in my water and take salt tablets when it gets really bad (as advised by my doctor)
2. This sounds odd, but I ride in a long sleeve button down shirt over a tank. Before I ride (or hike or go to a field visit at work) I dunk the button down and wring it out so it is damp.
3. I avoid eating dairy or carbs (including simple carbs, ie sugar) before exercising, especially in the heat. I will have a protein shake or some meat and a salad.

Best of luck! You're not the only one who struggles with heat!
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post #25 of 29 Old 07-27-2013, 10:00 PM
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I am notoriously bad in the heat. Water is a waste of time as far as preventing heat stroke. It does not help to control your body temperature. Water will only keep you hydrated, so, yes if you sweat a lot, then drink fluids to replenish, but it is not the do-all and end-all that so many people claim it to be. You've got to keep your body temp controlled. Wet clothing on your upper body including your head definitely helps. Loose clothing. And a wide brimmed cotton hat or a breathable helmet with a brim.

Ride in the early morning when it is cooler. Take a cool shower before riding and then again after. Rest in a cool area after being in the heat - sometimes 15 minutes is enough, sometimes an hour is necessary.

I can't even sit in a picture window if the sun is shining in without risking getting sick. Blah... I have to plan my days carefully in the summer.
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post #26 of 29 Old 07-27-2013, 10:10 PM
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You can soak a bandana and tie it around your neck. They even have special ones. Take frequent walk breaks in the shade.

Just another thought, if your feeling the effects of the heat strongly imagine how your horse must feel!! He can't ask for a break or stop for some water. Next time its hot enough for you to pass out maybe think about switching your lesson day or riding very early or very late.
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post #27 of 29 Old 07-28-2013, 10:53 AM
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You can soak a bandana and tie it around your neck. They even have special ones. Take frequent walk breaks in the shade.

Just another thought, if your feeling the effects of the heat strongly imagine how your horse must feel!! He can't ask for a break or stop for some water. Next time its hot enough for you to pass out maybe think about switching your lesson day or riding very early or very late.
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I think that this goes back to looking at how in shape you are vs how in shape the horse is. Not at all saying that anyone should ignore the potential impact of heat on their horse, but the horse may be in regular work on a daily basis, while the rider may only spend time working in the heat on a weekly lesson basis. The horse's interests should always be kept in mind, but that is just something to consider as well!
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post #28 of 29 Old 07-28-2013, 06:49 PM
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I've never done this myself but actually making the inside of your helmet wet with cold water is supposed to help. There are also some specialty towels you can get you wet and wrap around your neck and it stays cold for up to 6 hours.
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post #29 of 29 Old 07-28-2013, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all the comments! For my last lesson I managed to schedule one for 5pm-ish as well as drank water all day before I went (and ate some fruit before my lesson for an extra energy boost) and it all helped greatly. ^-^ No overheating nor did I get dehydrated so I'd say the tips were an overall success! I'll have to remember some of the other advice for even warmer lessons(:
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