Summer heat affects equestrian equipment, activities and horse health
Summer has officially arrived, and with it comes warmer temperatures that can have a major impact on equestrian equipment, activities, and most importantly the health of horses.
The heat and humidity of summer can cause an array of issues for both people and their horses. It is important to be aware of the potential problems so that safety measures are taken before an accident or injury occurs.
When it comes to equestrian equipment, the excess heat can cause items such as saddles and bridles to become brittle and break more easily when under pressure. This is why it is important to keep a close eye on any of these items that may be exposed to the elements for extended periods of time. They should be inspected regularly for any signs of wear and tear and replaced if needed.
The heat can also have an effect on the type of activities that are available to horse owners during the summer months. Riding in hot temperatures can be dangerous as it puts both the rider and the horse at risk of heat stroke, exhaustion, or dehydration. If riding is necessary, make sure to keep it short and stick to shady trails as much as possible. It is also wise to schedule rides early or late in the day when temperatures are lower.
The heat and humidity of summer can have a major impact on leather equestrian equipment. The excess heat in the air can cause it to become dry and brittle. This results in cracking, which not only affects its appearance but also makes it more likely to break under pressure. To prevent this from happening, leather should be conditioned regularly using special oils or balms and stored in a cool, dry place when not in use.