By Izzy Feinstein
Whether you are at a horse show or on a trail ride, it is important to be aware about the heat and humidity this summer. Here are some tips to help you beat the summer heat so it does not prevent you from riding your horse or pony!
- It is very important to stay hydrated, so bring a refillable water bottle with cool water and ice to the barn. I am a fan of Swell water bottles or similar products that keep your water cold for a long period of time, even if the bottle is out in the sun. You can also freeze water bottles and use them as ice packs while they defrost to stay cool.
- Apply sunscreen to any exposed areas of your body. Make sure to pay special attention to your face, front and back of your neck, chest, shoulders, and arms, as your legs are unlikely going to be exposed if you are wearing breeches.
- Wear a lightweight sunshirt with ventilation and moisture wicking material. EIS, It’s A Haggerty’s, Noble Outfitters, and Tailored Sportsman are brands that make collared, long sleeve, ventilated, SPF sunshirts in various colors that are perfect for hot summer days.
- Ride early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the afternoon heat.
- Try a visor attachment for your helmet. Equivisor and Da Brim make visors that fit a variety of helmets to protect your face from the sun and help you stay cool.
- Attempt to stay in the shade as much as possible. Try to ride in a covered arena or walk on a shady trail if possible.
- Put fans in your barn aisles or grooming areas if possible. This will help lower the temperature and provide a cool place to get out of the heat before and after your ride.