It’s summer in Texas y’all, and that is no joke. I spent about seven years of my childhood competitive figure skating, and about another four teaching lessons in high school. Just adding that little tidbit to say that I much prefer cold to heat.
Have you seen how blonde I am? I’m convinced I am a Norwegian that got dropped off to grow up in humid North Carolina. I didn’t like the heat there either, but it sure beats 105 degrees in Texas.
We’re not at 105 yet, but the 90’s are here and the 100’s won’t be far away. In case you live in a sauna’esque helldome like me, here are some helpful tips.
- Get your face super red. That way no one will be surprised if you keel over, or if you pick up your stirrups in a lesson your instructor will think it’s because of your blood red face instead of your fat tired legs.
- Even though you are
about to diereally hot, make sure you take care of your horsie first. You’re hot, but think about the creature that has a furry coat and carried your butt around for the past 30 minutes in this god forsaken weather.
- There is no shame in drinking from the barn hose. Sure it will disgust your husband, but sometimes we forget a water bottle and a little hose water is better than passing out.
- Summer is a great time to work on lateral movements at the walk… or halting… or anything that doesn’t require an ounce of aerobic exercise.
- Fans are your friend.
- You can avoid wearing pesky show clothes in the heat by just not showing… until it’s cooler (like in December), because seriously, hot as balls out here.
- When hosing your horse down after a ride, accidentally spill water all over yourself. Bonus points if you’re wearing a sun shirt with cooling fabric.
Really, all of these tips are useless because riding horses in the summer in this kind of heat is just not so much fun at times. Hydrate yourself, hydrate your ponies and don’t push past your limits!
What do you do to stay cool in the summer?