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post #1 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Am I a bad horse owner?

I was just told I was a bad horse owner because I ride my horse when it's hotter than 80 degrees. EVERYONE at our barn does. I mean hello, horse show season is ALWAYS hot.
Am I wrong?
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:30 PM
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You're just fine. Heck, make em sweat!
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:30 PM
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No, you're not wrong. If you're a bad horse owner for riding when it's hotter than 80F out, then so is everyone in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and southern Utah who ride their horses anytime spring through fall.
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:31 PM
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It is fine. If we didn't ride in these temperatures we would not be able to train or show for much of the summer. My horse will take a hot day over a cold one any time.
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:33 PM
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No you are not I live in Texas and we ride no matter how hot. There is a formula where you add humidity and temp. If less than 120 you are safe to ride. I believe over 150 caution to not ride. You can look it up on Internet for exact details.
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:38 PM
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Yes, you're a terrible person for riding your horse and having fun with them! :P

Seriously, of course not! I would always caution anyone to make sure you are not out for an extended period of time with a horse in the hot sun without access to water, otherwise, you're good!

I wish it was 80 here... it has been in the 90s here and all of us at the barn are dying a little.
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:44 PM
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80F is absolutely no problem, it's really not even that hot. Like you said, most of the show season will be done at that temperature and they don't go out and cancel the show just because it's hot.

At our barn, we'll cancel lessons if it gets past 95F, but I live in a very humid place so it gets a bit harder on the horses than if it was a dry heat. We never cancel the summer camps though because the horses are simply walking around for 30 minutes/day.

Maybe just have lighter rides on those days, and more importantly, just listen to your horse. If they feel fine and are breathing fine, I see no problem riding them.
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:46 PM
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Were you told that by a non-horse person or something?! If that were true I would only be able to ride a few weeks out of the whole year!
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:47 PM
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They're horses, not delicate flowers that wilt in the heat. I would love to have 80 degree weather to ride in!!
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:47 PM
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I live in South East Texas. We ride every day of the year unless its raining, and sometimes even then. During the summer we try to ride early or late and avoid the afternoon heat, but we still do it. We do take precautions by adding salt/electrolytes to our horse's water and offering them drinks often, but we've never had an animal suffer ill effects from being ridden in the heat as long as they are warmed up and cooled down properly.

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