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post #1 of 26 Old 08-02-2020, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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With many riding disciplines (dressage, reining, etc.), there seems to be an "on" and "off" season. It seems like the "off" season to many is the winter and then they bring their horses back in the late winter/ early spring and ride until next winter - and they cycle repeats. I trail ride, so there is no actual "off" season, but I find that I am a "deviant." I am heat intolerant, so I actually find myself riding more in the winter than in the summer. Like, I'd rather ride in the cold or the rain (NOT the cold rain) than ride out in cook-cookies-on-the-sidewalk kind of heat (it is literally that hot). Twenty minutes in and I am dying. Again, I trail ride. I do not do high speed or high impact riding so the mud does not really bother me. My horse know how to ride though the mud calmly at a walk so trail riding is no issue. But I know for some that's not possible because of the mud (due to slipping or whatever).

So, do you have a typical "on" and "off" season or are you more of a "deviant"? Would you rather ride in the hot or the cold?
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post #2 of 26 Old 08-02-2020, 08:35 AM
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For me, I am less heat tolerant now than I was as a "kid"...
I live in hot, humid Florida and although I do ride year-round, my summer excursions are much shorter, not as energetic and become very early morning rides...like barely sunrise and done and down by 8:00 - 8:30 AM cause it is just to darn hot otherwise with a heat index nearing 90 by that hour of the day.
It isn't just me who feels that heat, but it is my horse and I'm not treading heat exhaustion forget heat stroke to show others I can do heat...
What I find greatly governs my riding and where, when and what time it occurs is bugs...
Certain times of the day, certain locations are just horrible with biting bugs and no one enjoys riding being eaten alive..

I use to love to ride year-round when I lived on Long Island.
Dress appropriately with hands and feet accommodation of needed clothing special for certain times of the year did not stop me from riding, actually I totally enjoyed riding in freezing cold on a steam spewing dragon, riding through freshly fallen snow in the stillness of people not being out or about, to riding in the rain and smells of dust settling and then splashing through puddles...
In spring emerging watching Earth awaken to riding in fall with the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot...
I just love to ride.
I am a trail-rider at heart, played in the show ring both English and a bit in western no more for either really, but my love is just spending time with my horse quietly sharing in nature seen that day and at that time.
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post #3 of 26 Old 08-02-2020, 09:11 AM
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I'll ride anytime something needs done. But I avoid the extremes if possible.

Over 95*, I might ride at dusk or very early morning. Below 10*F, I try not to get my horse breathing heavy or sweating.
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post #4 of 26 Old 08-02-2020, 09:29 AM
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I can ride throughout the year and, in the summer, almost 20 hours a day due to the extra light. There's been nights where i couldn't sleep and got up at 3.00am to ride.

I struggle with heat and humidity and, like HLG, it's getting worse as i get older. We don't get the extremes of weather experienced by other countries though. Scotland's weather is changeable and moderate, rarely getting uncomfortably hot or cold, and the systems move through so quickly that you can wait for them to clear.

We get deep snow once every twenty years or so, this year was particularly mild, with a light dusting one evening in January and it was gone the next day. I'd say that the wind was more of a problem, as it can sweep through the hills and mountains around my area.

Midges can be a nuisance but again it does depend on where you are; in wetter and warmer parts they can be horrendous but they're not too bad in my part of the country.
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post #5 of 26 Old 08-02-2020, 10:24 AM
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Like HLG, I am having a harder and harder time dealing with heat and humidity. I am in Central Texas, and while the humidity is probably lower than in Florida, the heat is worse. In the summer, I do the bare amount of riding I can (two lessons a week, each, for me and my daughter, because that's what's contractually included in our boarding costs). Even just going out to see them on one extra day a week is unpleasant. Last summer I got some sort of heat sickness while I was out there and almost passed out -- just from doing a little bit of chores really, not even riding. Summer is definitely my "off" season.

The only other time I have a hard time riding is if it's cold AND windy -- my eyes get really watery and I can't see. IDK, maybe I could wear sunglasses or fake glasses or goggles or something to get around it, but I haven't.

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post #6 of 26 Old 08-02-2020, 12:41 PM
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With many riding disciplines (dressage, reining, etc.), there seems to be an "on" and "off" season. It seems like the "off" season to many is the winter and then they bring their horses back in the late winter/ early spring and ride until next winter - and they cycle repeats. I trail ride, so there is no actual "off" season, but I find that I am a "deviant." I am heat intolerant, so I actually find myself riding more in the winter than in the summer. Like, I'd rather ride in the cold or the rain (NOT the cold rain) than ride out in cook-cookies-on-the-sidewalk kind of heat (it is literally that hot). Twenty minutes in and I am dying. Again, I trail ride. I do not do high speed or high impact riding so the mud does not really bother me. My horse know how to ride though the mud calmly at a walk so trail riding is no issue. But I know for some that's not possible because of the mud (due to slipping or whatever).

So, do you have a typical "on" and "off" season or are you more of a "deviant"? Would you rather ride in the hot or the cold?
This is an international website, so telling us your location is going to tell us a lot about what you consider weather.

When I lived in coastal California, there was no off season at all. In winter you get three-day rain storms off the Pacific which you wouldn't ride in unless you are part fish. But between those it was just fine, except for the mud. The mud was dependent entirely on how much traffic a trail got, and some of those trails were not passable in wet weather. Winter lows were generally the high 40's F, summer highs were generally low 80's F but usually breezy and rather dry. Cool summer fog is a regular feature on the coast. Inland California is much hotter.

Now I live in New England. Sometimes the summer humidity, heat, and deer flies combine to made riding truly unpleasant for everyone. Spring is lovely but muddy. Fall is perfect. Winter -- well New England winters don't sound like your winters. Wind chill below zero is pretty normal here in the western part. If you bundle up and your horse has studs on their shoes or boots, you are good to go ... but generally people don't. It is just too dang cold. I've had a few magical rides through the snowdrifts in a silent white world. So fun.

If there is ice though, which happens when there are repeated thaws, that is very dangerous. Hiding under a new snowfall. I have gone splat on my butt many times just on foot. I put ice caulks on my insulated muck boots just to get to the barn without falling.

As far as my preferences go, I don't mind anything that much except deer flies and sleet. But below say ten degrees I will stay in. it isn't so much the riding it's the tacking up that stops me; I have so many layers on I can hardly bend over or pick anything up.
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post #7 of 26 Old 08-02-2020, 02:32 PM
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The only other time I have a hard time riding is if it's cold AND windy -- my eyes get really watery and I can't see. IDK, maybe I could wear sunglasses or fake glasses or goggles or something to get around it, but I haven't.
Full leather riding chaps are your friend...they protect your leg to ride and no wind goes through cowhide.

For your eyes, if you don't wear prescription glasses then something called bubble googles would be a welcome friend.
My husband used these for car racing...he had clear, smoke and yellow tints...
Clear was a anytime to wear..
Smoke was for glare and daylight, like wearing sun glasses and yellow was for night vision improvement.
They are used by many at sporting events to protect the eyes of any blowing debris...
With a adjustable elastic band they are one size fit all.
They can be found, but today may be harder to get with the Covid scare and the need for eye protection this can help with for many.
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post #8 of 26 Old 08-02-2020, 02:55 PM
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I am a big time hater of riding in the summer. I just figure the horses can have off from beginning of June until the end of Sept. here in Florida. They're cool with that just grazing, eating hay and and rolling themselves in the pond.

I think that it's mostly because I work outside and am over it by the time my days off roll around. Also, I have a lot of work to do inside of my house so it's much more pleasant to just stay inside with the A/C and get stuff done here. I see my horses almost every day and really do enjoy hanging out with them in the evenings for an hour or two.

When I retire it may be a different story. I am an early riser by nature so maybe I will be up for going out early before the heat sets in. And my house should be finished by then too.

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post #9 of 26 Old 08-02-2020, 02:59 PM
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I also struggle riding in heat - low blood pressure. The other day I had to dismount early because I was about to faint and it was only 9AM and not terribly hot yet, 27C. The cardiologist told me “Well, don’t ride when it’s hot then” :/ Getting older sucks.
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post #10 of 26 Old 08-02-2020, 03:10 PM
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Oh, and not to mention, in addition to ME hating the heat, I don't think my horses enjoy exercising in the heat very much either. Pony gets somewhat sweaty but really pant-y and just hangs his head between exercises; and Moonshine gets exceedingly sweaty, I mean to the point where she has sweat beads running down her face. Teddy also gets really sweaty and tired. I have a hard time pushing them very hard in the heat, knowing that it's even more unpleasant for them than for me.

It's already August, though, so only one more month until "cooler" weather (highs only in the mid to low 90s, LOL, but hopefully less muggy). I am SO looking forward to better weather!
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