Publié le 26 Novembre 2016 à 14h23 - 1350 v.

What you need for a trot in the sun

Riding or trotting on hot days is not easy at all, you have to consider many things to ensure that the experience is safe and comfortable for both rider and horse. Here’s what you need to stay safe with your horse in hot weather.

Try to take care of you and your horse

When the temperature rises, offer cool water for your horse, that is to say he should have constant free access to water when stabled or turned out. And you should drink water too. Apart from that, don't forget to check the hydration levels of your horse, as not only he will lose water, but also essential minerals as well as salts. Cool your horse out properly. Avoid intense heat by riding the lighter mornings, not from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm as the sun levels are dangerous. In other words, you should schedule your riding times in the morning or evening hours. Keep your horse out of the sun if possible.

What else can you do to help prevent the effects of sun exposure? Cover all exposed areas, so why not opt for fine used saddles? You also should wear a helmet or a wide-brimmed hat, it's up to you. A pair of Jodhpur boots also is a better choice to protect you and enjoy all your riding. Wear protective clothing in order to keep the sun off your arms. As a case in point, a lightweight shirt with long sleeves can cover your arms. Use gloves to protect your hands. You can also wear lightweight riding pants. Don't forget the sunglasses to have fun in the sun while trotting. Put sunscreen on the back of your neck. And you can use a self-tanning product as well to avoid tanning beds. Concerning your horse, put a fly mask or a fly fringe on over his bridle to protect his face and his eyes. Last but not the least, buy sunscreens and sun blocks for horses and ponies to avoid sunburn.

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