Q&A – Hot Weather Riding

I have a question!
How long can I ride or should I ride my horse on a hot/humid day? What are the signs I should look for?

Z.W. – VA

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With the Washington Metro area just closing the books on the hottest month ever recorded, what is and isn’t safe for us and our horses has been a serious topic.

Running a boarding stable for the past 13 years, one curiosity I’ve noticed pretty consistently is the number of calls from concerned boarders we receive about their horses’ health and comfort in the winter, but the lack of calls even when we are posting heat indices of 120 or more.

It was explained to me by our vet many years ago like this.

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