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post #11 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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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!
No, a show jumper of ALL people. I was like what???

I was talking about how I suffered heat exhaustion today. Not from riding, but all our horses escaped so we spent 3 hours rounding them up in 96 degree heat. We didn't even ride until after 5 and it had dropped to 89 by then. AND we only did 30 min because I almost passed out, got light headed and started vomiting. But my horse barely did much work, just 15 min of walk and 15 min of trot. Then a cool down walk up to the barn where I hosed him down and gave him fresh cool water.
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post #12 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 11:57 PM
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It's more than 90 degrees for about 7 months of the year here!

It is my personal rule not to ride over 95, but that is just because I hate the heat and am very uncomfortable at high temperatures. My horse doesn't have a ton of muscle either so I don't want to over work him when it is hot.
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post #13 of 15 Old 09-12-2013, 12:07 AM
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Okay, I had to convert that to celsius, but its only 26 degrees celsius! Thats pleasant spring/autumn weather here, ideal for a ride! Now if it was our summer temp of 38 - 45 degrees celsius I could understand the problem, but sheesh... Don't listen to them, you're in the right here.
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-12-2013, 12:15 AM
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If you were riding in that for 8 hours straight, no breaks then I would say you are. Just riding in that temperature, absolutely not. As long as your horse isn't dehydrated, it's no problem.
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-12-2013, 01:10 AM
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Ridiculous. I live in Oregon now, and we tend to get pretty whiny when it hits the upper 80s, but I grew up in Florida where if you don't ride above 80, you don't ride.

Today it was 94 where I keep my Sammy, and I was much too lazy to ride, but I let him loose in the miserably stuffy arena just in case he wanted to be a goof, and he didn't seem to mind the heat too much:



My dog, on the other hand, thinks nothing is more cruel than when I force her to go outside and pee when it's more than 80 degrees. She just looks at me like, "How can you do this to me?"
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