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This requires some common sense as well as the information we will give you. Common sense pertains to how well your horse has been conditioned and how well you can interpret signs of distress and possible heat exhaustion in your horse. Temperature alone is not the guide but the combination of temperature and humidity. Temperature and humidity affect the way a horse eliminates heat during exercise. When the relative humidity exceeds 75 percent, the effectiveness of cooling by sweating is greatly decreased. When the temperature plus humidity is greater than 180, extreme caution is needed in working horses. In other words, you can ride a horse in about any temperature, but when temperature and humidity added together are greater than 180, you need to be extremely careful not to overexert the horse.

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Comment by Adrienne Walsh on July 3, 2010 at 7:46am
Back in my home state of Arkansas, I knew people who rode at night during the hottest parts of summer. I never did, but at the time I was having kids and going to college, etc and didn't have time or money for horses. I did 'accidently' do a night ride once at Many Cedars...got on the Outer Loop trail about 3pm and didn't know there was no short cuts back! lol I don't know what happened to our map, but we made it fine except for being very tired and sore...we were not prepared for that long a ride after having ridden that morning also. Even the 'youngins' were whupped! Made for a great story though! On a moon lit night it would be awesome...of course I wouldn't be doing any extreme trails in the dark...
Comment by Robin Murray on June 17, 2010 at 6:07pm
I feed electrolytes and hose or wet down my horse before, during and especially after my ride. Water on the head keeps the brain cool.
Comment by DONNA ARRINGTON on June 15, 2010 at 9:17pm
Yes, commons sense goes a long way. Its crazy to ride or work a horse in this weather.
Comment by Leslie Perry on June 13, 2010 at 8:02pm
I read that if the temperature and the humidity add up to 150, it's not safe. But they also said that you can spray a water/alcohol mixture on your horse and it'll help the cooling process. Apparently, the alcohol helps the water evaporate. It's the humidity that hurts so much. I figure, if it's that hot anyway, I don't wanna ride! If I'm determined to ride when it gets really hot, I go to Walter Hill where you always have access to the river. You can cool your horse, get them a drink, and cool yourself off too....especially if your horse likes to swim! (I have one that loves to, my other one balks if it gets to his belly. He's never refused to go ANYWHERE else....so I figure if he's not comfortable with it, I shouldn't push him.) But my other one will swim with me....lots of fun!! BUt it's a long ride back with wet jeans!! :-)
Comment by Sue on June 13, 2010 at 7:27pm
when is it to hot to ride?
Pretty much anytime lately.
All kidding aside, it's just dangerous to ride in this humidity for man or beast

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