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Re: Summer Breeze

Please do not over electrolyte especially BEFORE any ride, you should sponge
as often as you can. The sponging will bring down the critters Core temp.
and will also clean the sweat pores as well as prevent chafing.
I have learned that if you can put a damp towel over the critters eyes and
face it will cause the horse to relax as well as cooling it head. Make sure
that you wipe the face down to remove salt and dirt. Stop's them from
itching also will cause P&R's to drop very quickly. Also sponging all
"private parts" any sex will also help, don't be shy all sex's love it. p/s
all this should be done on training rides prior to a race day. It will be
routine the critter's will look forward to the addition care, and be less
fidgety when vetting out.

----- Original Message -----
From: April Lee <>
To: ridecamp <>
Sent: Monday, July 05, 1999 12:45 PM
Subject: RC: Summer Breeze

> Hi, gang,
>   I'm getting ready for Summer Breeze and I'm getting a little nervous
> the weather.  Here in Southern TN, we're having 90s with high humidity.
> Fine for us this time of year, but also hard to get decent conditioning
> rides in without riding in the middle of the night.  So I started thinking
> about the actual ride.  I think we're conditioned enough (well, HE is!
> but the heat?  I'm thinking of opting out of it and waiting for cooler
> weather maybe.
> Do I just sponge as often as possible and electrolyte like crazy?  He's
> drinking well on our conditioning rides (pleasing to me), and I put
> electrolytes in his feed after EVERY conditioning ride.  We ride after 6
> 7 pm (lowest humidity of the day and temps starting to lower) and our
> are often shaded.
> I'm also worried about after the ride.  The ride entry says that there is
> limited shade in camp, which means that I will probably be in the middle
> a field with no shade for Apache.  I don't like that idea, either.  Any
> ideas for this new kid?  Am I just worrying about nothing?
> Thanks,
> April & Apache
> AERC #20813
> Chattanooga, TN
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