Summer Survival Tips for Equestrians
Plan Your Riding Well
While you may want to spend time riding your horse from sunrise to sunset, this isn’t the most practical way to spend the day for multiple reasons. Naturally, summer temperatures can soar incredibly high. In Ft. Lauderdale, temperatures can easily reach up into the 90s, and sometimes even higher! Take this into account and plan your rides so they take place in the early morning, when the temperature will be far less severe. Contact American Horse Trails for professional advice and tips during the hot summer months and don’t forget all year also. Processional advice from American Horse Trails will protect both you and your horse by reducing your risk of heat exhaustion
Similarly, you’ll want to keep lots of water on hand so both of you can stay hydrated. Horses heat up much more quickly and more severely than humans, meaning you’ll need to take extra care to keep them cool and comfortable as you ride together.
Dress for the Season
Horse-riding is quite heavily associated with thicker clothing thanks to the nature of the pastime. You’re bobbing along on the back of your horse, potentially going through rougher patches of terrain, and you’ll understandably need protection while you travel. The problem with this is more durable clothing tends to also be warm, much too warm for riding around during the summer! This is why contacting Grifs Western can help you solve this problem, with clothes specially tailored for summer horseback activities. Consider thin pairs of riding tights, clothing in bright or light colors and any general riding gear aimed toward summer activities and made of thinner, sun-safe materials. You’ll be able to ride much easier and much longer!