Warm Weather Riding / Barn Help

Just as the extreme cold of winter can cause problems, the summer in Northern Ohio can also provide more than its fair share of challenges. As such, we have decided to create this warm weather page to help everyone stay comfortable all year round and to enjoy their experience here at Horsehaven.

DSC01711SUMMER RIDING

Generally Solange will cancel lessons when the temperatures exceed 90 degrees.  This is usually not a problem however, as this can easily be avoided with our flexible hours for lessons and by planning on having the lessons during the cooler part of the day. This means either early in the morning, or late afternoon and into the evening avoiding the peak heat of the midday sun.  Although you may avoid the worst of the heat, it is still very important to stay hydrated both before, after (and of course during) your ride, so be sure to bring a bottle of water or even better a Gatorade style sport drinks.  We do have a water cooler available in our tack room during the summer months, so we recommend bringing your own personal canteen too.  However we can not guarantee its supply, especially during times of high demand such as during extended periods of hot days and busy lesson schedules.

Dressing for riding in the summer is far easier than winter, with a lot down to personal experience and preference.  However as a guide we recommend using either a polo or moisture wicking shirt.  Jeans are very hardy while working around the stables and can be used for riding, but you may find that a lighter material such as can be found in riding breeches can be far more comfortable during those hot and sticky days.

SUMMER STABLES HELP

As with summer riding, what to wear whilst helping at the stables all day (i.e. Barn-ratting) is mainly a personal preference gained from experience.  Working at the stables can be hard on clothes, so we recommend using older clothes or at the very least clothes you will not mind getting worn, dusty and covered in horse slobber!  There is a surprising amount of water and mud involved with horses (washing, pastures etc.), so a good pair of water proof / rubber boots is essential to keep your feet dry.  Although they have some limitations, some people have had success with using personal cooling apparel / equipment such as cooling vests and neck ties.

The most important thing about helping at the stables during the summer time is to stay hydrated at all times.  We do have a water cooler in our tack room for everyone’s use during the summer months, but despite our best efforts we can not guarantee its supply as stated previously – so please be sure to bring sufficient fluids of your choosing for yourself.