Hot Hot Hot

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.

from https://www.uspolo.org/news-social/news/heat-index-warning-for-horses

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.

What do you all do to handle the heat?

Go Away Humidity

Sometimes it is just too hot for a proper ride. That’s when I hop on like this:

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Yup, don’t even care about the redneck fugly of it all.

This was how we rode on Tuesday and it was an interesting ride to say the least… but it was a ride! That’s something I guess.

Last night was our first real lesson with LT and I am very pleased with how it went. The two times she’s coached me before we really just dived in and made it happen but now we were able to actually focus on where Gus and I are. I told her to expect more from me because that’s the only way I learn. I don’t want to be coddled and told I’m doing a good job when I’m not. I want to get better!

This weekend is the Elisa Wallace clinic and meet up with this awesome duo (quartet with dogs?!). Can’ wait!