So it is not technically Summer yet but no one has told the south (or really any of America, it seems)! The temps have been rising and the humidity has been climbing and every day this week I’ve gone outside to find my windshield all steamed up. I’m ready to be done with it.
But obviously since I still have many months of this torture, I have to find ways to cope with it. For me, that means riding late at night since I start work at 7 am. Lots of trail rides in the shade. And many many hose downs.
I have also given myself permission to say “it is too hot to ride today” and stay home. If the heat plus the humidity is over 135, I don’t ride unless I have to (shows or lessons). I know the best way to get used to this is to ride in it, but I do not do well with the humidity. I passed out once in hot yoga.
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.
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.
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.