Horses and heat

How do you know if it is too hot to ride your horse? For example, would 90 degrees and above be too hot?How do you know if it is too hot to ride your horse? For example, would 90 degrees and above be too hot?

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dr. Lowder:

How do you know if it is too hot to ride your horse? For example, would 90 degrees and above be too hot?

Thanks,
Michelle Achuff

Michelle,

There is no ‘magic’ number. However, there are several factors to be taken into consideration.

1. What is the humidity?
2. Is the horse use to this type of weather?
3. Is the horse in good condition?
4. What type of riding are you going to do?
5. How long of a ride?
6. Will there be a water break along the way?

You see the point? There are several things to consider but you just have to use common ‘horse sense’ and you will be OK.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder