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post #1 of 44 Old 04-22-2019, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Tips on keeping cool?

Anyone know how to keep cool(ish) when riding? It's supposed to be hot tomorrow and I have to ride. I have two cooling towels, they help a bit. Also going to drink water like my life depends on it. Any other tips, though? I'm pretty heat-intolerant and ended up getting very lightheaded and dizzy after dismounting the first time I rode. (To be fair, it was in the 90s, possibly 100s)
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I am like you; intolerant of heat. all I can offer is ride early, or very late. not much help, I know.
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I am like you; intolerant of heat. all I can offer is ride early, or very late. not much help, I know.
*looks at calendar, labeled "RIDING, 3PM"* Wellllll..... Not what I was hoping for. :'D Thank you very much, though! I wish I could. My barn is 30 minutes away, and I don't own or lease, just lessons. Riding early in morning would render me useless for the rest of the day (think limp noodle limbs, achy joints, and any injuries my horse deems it necessary to inflict on me!), and my instructor has young children, so her time with them is in the morning and at night.
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I appreciate that it's hard on you, physically, and to time things with young children. I live in an area that is rarely too hot to ride, so I can not TRULY understand your predicament. But, as far as being a 'limp noodle' for the rest of the day . . . you need to get past that. Bluntly said. you need to accept that horse riding is a truly athletic past time, and if you are literally wiped out by a lesson, then you need to up your game in the fitness area and make your body better able to do a one hour lesson AND carry on afterward.


I know how hard this can be. I am just about 61. I do trails. I ride from 1 to 2 hours at a stretch, I go home and I'm tired! But, life goes on. So, I basically need to go on , too. I love that riding makes me do this. Otherwise I would just be a slug.



With heat, I'm sorry, I should leave this to others to offer better personal experience. please let them weigh in.
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For a long time I had a traditional black-velvet covered riding helmet. This cooked my brain in the Australian sun (and perhaps explains a lot of things ). You wouldn't believe what a difference it made when I bought a helmet that was white, shiny and well-ventilated!



Also, no long boots, no plasticky riding pants that feel like a sauna to wear - there's cotton / elastane, in riding pants as well as jeans (the maroon things in the photo are actually $5 cotton / elastane op-shop jeans that are stretchy and really comfortable to ride in and have no bling or studs to scratch my saddle), a nice cool breathable top - some modern synthetic materials for athletic clothing are wonderfully cool and comfortable, even for me who dies a slow death in anything with polyester in it. My new cycling jersey is amazing for keeping cool, for instance, and similar material garments are available for endurance riding - without the Tour de France look!

Bamboo socks make all the difference in the world too... try those sometime. I've found nothing better for hot weather, and they're really cool and comfortable - even though quite thick!

In the summers when I was a teenager many moons ago and living on the West Coast of Western Australia, it got so hot for weeks on end in summer that, apart from riding early in the mornings or in late afternoons, I'd sometimes give up and ride barefoot, in shorts and singlet, without a helmet, and without a saddle on the horse. We even did some endurance training like that, running up the sand hills dodging kangaroos, but you know what teenagers are like...

In really hot weather, you can also spray yourself head to foot with a garden hose on the fine spray setting in your riding gear before you get on your horse. Evaporative cooling is lovely... In really hot weather, we often sprayed the horses as well before work...

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I know how hard this can be. I am just about 61. I do trails. I ride from 1 to 2 hours at a stretch, I go home and I'm tired! But, life goes on. So, I basically need to go on , too. I love that riding makes me do this. Otherwise I would just be a slug.
You mean an artistic slug, I'm sure.
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I appreciate that it's hard on you, physically, and to time things with young children. I live in an area that is rarely too hot to ride, so I can not TRULY understand your predicament. But, as far as being a 'limp noodle' for the rest of the day . . . you need to get past that. Bluntly said. you need to accept that horse riding is a truly athletic past time, and if you are literally wiped out by a lesson, then you need to up your game in the fitness area and make your body better able to do a one hour lesson AND carry on afterward.


I know how hard this can be. I am just about 61. I do trails. I ride from 1 to 2 hours at a stretch, I go home and I'm tired! But, life goes on. So, I basically need to go on , too. I love that riding makes me do this. Otherwise I would just be a slug.



With heat, I'm sorry, I should leave this to others to offer better personal experience. please let them weigh in.
Ha, yeah. It's honestly 10% being tired from riding and 90% just plain tired. I just blame it on riding sometimes, terrible, I know. :'D I actually feel super great after riding, barring any injuries.....as long as I keep moving. As soon as I get comfortable and still for a while (like the 30 minute ride back), everything stiffen up. I need to start doing some agility training or something with the dog after I ride, keep me moving.
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For a long time I had a traditional black-velvet covered riding helmet. This cooked my brain in the Australian sun (and perhaps explains a lot of things <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/angel.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Angel" class="inlineimg" />). You wouldn't believe what a difference it made when I bought a helmet that was white, shiny and well-ventilated!



Also, no long boots, no plasticky riding pants that feel like a sauna to wear - there's cotton / elastane, in riding pants as well as jeans (the maroon things in the photo are actually $5 cotton / elastane op-shop jeans that are stretchy and really comfortable to ride in and have no bling or studs to scratch my saddle), a nice cool breathable top - some modern synthetic materials for athletic clothing are wonderfully cool and comfortable, even for me who dies a slow death in anything with polyester in it. My new cycling jersey is amazing for keeping cool, for instance, and similar material garments are available for endurance riding - without the Tour de France look!

Bamboo socks make all the difference in the world too... try those sometime. I've found nothing better for hot weather, and they're really cool and comfortable - even though quite thick!

In the summers when I was a teenager many moons ago and living on the West Coast of Western Australia, it got so hot for weeks on end in summer that, apart from riding early in the mornings or in late afternoons, I'd sometimes give up and ride barefoot, in shorts and singlet, without a helmet, and without a saddle on the horse. We even did some endurance training like that, running up the sand hills dodging kangaroos, but you know what teenagers are like...

In really hot weather, you can also spray yourself head to foot with a garden hose on the fine spray setting in your riding gear before you get on your horse. Evaporative cooling is lovely... In really hot weather, we often sprayed the horses as well before work...
Black helmets are the worst! I really need my own - definitely a white one. I've been borrowing one from the barn when I ride. They've served me well and kept my brain from getting scrambled, but unfortunately led to frying it a couple times. &#x1f61b;

Bamboo socks? Never heard of them! Must investigate.

I just got a pair of Kerrits Ice-Fil tights. They're supposed to wick away sweat/moisture and help cool you. Strange to say, but I barely sweat. I'll get clammy as heck, but nothing actually helpful. Accidentally spilled some water on them and they were a teeny bit cool, though. Not cold, but a noticeable change from the 85 degree weather. Maybe I'll just douse them in water and tell my instructor I lost a battle with my water bottle. She'll believe me, she once watched me accidentally squirt water all over myself. And my horse. ;D
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Also! That is a gorgeous horse.
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Thank you kindly, I think he's lovely and of course as his human, I am completely objective about him! Many people in our country turn their noses up at his breed. He's ex harness, a registered STB with French Trotter lines (I rode his great-grandmother as a child and that's what she was).

You can get all sorts of bamboo socks: https://bamboovillage.com.au/socks/

Personally I wear the work socks when outdoors and riding. They even come in pink, and I actually have a pink pair, because wearing pink socks allegedly makes you the godchild of a beneficient fairy. I also have them in green and purple, and my husband wears the black ones - that's how we tell our socks apart!

I forgot to say, if you're going to spray yourself, don't spray the inside of your legs and your seat / posterior because a) it won't have air going past it anyway, and b) it's yucky to sit in a puddle...
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