Not Beating the Heat

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and possible long holiday weekend? I was very lucky in that the office let out early on the 2nd and then I had the 4th off. Yay for extra pony time!

Saturday I had my second clinic in a row with LT. LT was really cool. Her teaching style reminded me a lot of dressage trainer C on the flat. For the jumping portion we worked on a few grids but I didn’t do as good of a job as I did during the Stephen Bradley clinic. We rode at three for jumping and it was just too hot and humid for me. After about 45 minutes, I was definitely well on my way to getting heat stroke so when the other two girls wanted to go to XC, I politely bowed out.

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But I liked LT so much that I am actually moving to her barn! Yay! It’s smaller than my current barn but it is closer to my new house and slightly closer to work. I am happy to get that crossed off my list and also extremely happy to have found a new event trainer.

So one other thing I did on clinic day was clip Gus. Never ever again will I clip a horse when it’s 90 degrees and 100% humidity. I’m sure Gus feels great now, considering he just was refusing to lose any of his spring coat, but every single hair ended up on me and would not come off. I actually took off my shoes, stripped down to my sports bra and shorts and hosed myself off in the wash rack. It didn’t help that much to be honest.

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On to Poplar this weekend in our first Beginner Novice division. I am both terrified and super excited. The heat will probably be a killer again but we’ll just have to take it easy and drink a lot of water.

14 thoughts on “Not Beating the Heat

  1. Congrats on the move! It seems like it’s going to be a fun experience.

    The heat and humidity in the Southeast is killer. I wish I had some recommendations for you other than, “Ride early in the morning” or “Douse yourself in water before/during/after your ride” and “Stay really, really hydrated”.

    Best of luck this weekend!

    1. I hope so. I really want to get back in a program.

      It’s the humidity! It’s a killer. You really don’t understand how bad it’s going to be until you’re down here. Or at least I didn’t. 🙂

  2. Yuck for summer clipping. I was worried I would have to clip Annie but thankfully she let her coat go.

    Excited to hear all about poplar!

    1. It really shouldn’t be! It was awful. But Gus was not losing his spring coat and I just felt so bad for him in this heat and humidity.

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