Ugh, this hot Memphis weather is torture for both horse and rider. It's really important to be very aware of how you and your horse are doing during this weather. Make sure not to overdo it! It's really easy to get busy riding in this heat and not realize how hot you and your horse really are until you stop.
Take it easy on yourself and your horse by taking frequent walking breaks, drink lots of liquid, make sure your horse has access to salt or electrolytes, and PLENTY of fresh water, and try to avoid riding during the heat of the day with the sun directly overhead. Mornings and evenings are much more bearable!
Click here and here to read some articles with advice about keeping it cool!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006