Now that summer is finally here, horse owners can spend more time practicing with their horse for upcoming shows or get out onto the trails.
But is there a “best time” to ride each day in order to keep your horse safe from the elements in the summer?
Actually there is! The best time to ride each day in the summer months is around dawn.
Getting in a ride first thing in the morning can help you and your horse avoid the hot rays of the sun beating down. At dawn, the air is still cool enough that you and your horse can safely enjoy a ride.
Also pesky insects, such as flies and mosquitoes, are not active yet to bother both you and your horse.
Before heading out for a ride, it’s wise to check both the local temperature and humidity levels.
A quick and easy check on the NOAA’s National Weather Service heat index chart can help you decipher the heat index, which takes both temperature and humidity into account. Since we and horses both use sweating to regulate our body temperatures, humidity is an important factor to consider before exposing your horse to the elements by going for a ride or practicing.
Whenever you are riding this summer, be mindful of your own body as well as your horse so you can avoid things such as heat exhaustion. If you seem nauseous, have a headache, or your horse seems to be struggling to catch its breath it is time for a break and some water. And if needed, remove any extra riding apparel you may be wearing in order to cool down faster.
It’s important to stay safe from the elements while riding, so you can enjoy quality time with your horse. Life’s a ride, so make it a good one!