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Re: RC: Summer Breeze

Bring a canopy for your horse (and a generator and a fan if you can afford one).
TRAIN in the heat if you know you are going to compete in it!!! And, best of
all, RIDE SLOW!!!!!

Teddy (who knows that course and has ridden it in the heat - it is NOT
impossible - IF you ride smart)

April Lee wrote:

> Hi, gang,
>   I'm getting ready for Summer Breeze and I'm getting a little nervous about
> 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 powdered
> electrolytes in his feed after EVERY conditioning ride.  We ride after 6 or
> 7 pm (lowest humidity of the day and temps starting to lower) and our trails
> 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 of
> 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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