Excessive Heat Warning

In case I needed more reason to stick to my “no horse trials in July” rule with May, basically the entire state of KY is under an extreme heat warning from 2PM today THROUGH 8PM on SUNDAY. The heat alone is one thing, but look at the right hand column of this chart:

July Weather

So much UGH. I included Tuesday so that you can see what type of weather KY is actually capable of. Beautiful, reasonable 82 degrees with 50% humidity and a light breeze.

So what’s the plan for the weekend? Most of the barn is actually going to a horse trial at the Hoosier Horse Park (part of me is actually a bit jealous). So I am probably just going to get up early and get to the barn in the coolest part of the days. If it’s too hot, then we will just have to settle for light hack days and baths. Especially with a horse like May, I really don’t believe in pushing it.

Also, in case you all were worried, May was clearly not exhausted from her pro ride on Wednesday… as I got this text yesterday afternoon.

I swear… she waits until the barn is quiet for a while and then looks for ways to sneak out. I figure she went to check on Barbie and Lady, her friends that stay out all day, got a quick lunch out, and then headed back before realizing she couldn’t get back in the way she came. Oh mares.



20 thoughts on “Excessive Heat Warning

  1. Yeah I have a ‘no competitions in july rule’ as well because frankly… I don’t like being that uncomfortable. There’s plenty of season left in the spring and fall without absolutely melting!!

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      1. I was supposed to be there this weekend, but we’re a scratch (came up sore last Thursday) and honestly… it’s supposed to be a ‘feels like’ temp of 107-110 here/there all weekend too and I’m not super heartbroken not to run XC in that. Or ride in it at all, really. Plus, I feel like HHP is always 10 degrees warmer than Indy. I’m sad not to show and to lose my money, but I’m not going to miss the potential heat stroke!

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  2. this heat is brutal tho, ugh 😦 we’ve mostly kept riding in it tho (including an xc lesson at 2pm yesterday in 95* weather bc i make the most excellent life choices…) and honestly we’ve kinda just gotten used to the heat. and evenings after work haven’t been too too terrible, at least. fwiw, the humidity is often higher in the morning compared to midday, when the temps are higher. so it’s kinda a tradeoff, a hot, sticky, nasty tradeoff… bleh

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    1. Yeah not a fun trade off at all. Other horses I’ve seen do totally fine in the heat, but May has made it very clear that she’s a cool weather pony. I will pretty rarely STOP riding but definitely dial it down when it gets like this. Ugh.


  3. yeah i am so glad a lot of areas in the country are joining Tennessee for god awful heat. That is so sweet HA! But even if i wanted to ride the flies are determined to keep me off. The other day it had stopped raining and was about 80 so I thought for five seconds about getting on and then five big ass horse flies landed on Remus. NOPE.

    May is so special. Love her and her independent ways. What a brat 🙂 hee hee

    UGH nothing is worse than running XC in that heat. I hope your barn takes lots of water and ice. Yikes…

    Sorry Holly you had to scratch that sucks!!

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  4. Trainer wanted me to show this weekend, but the one option is Sunday when the high is 99… with a heat index of 110. I think I’ll pass!
    Sounds like you have a good plan for the weekend though! And I’m glad May didn’t do anything too silly during her adventure!

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    1. I have to be at work by 8AM… so I have been seriously considering getting up at 5AM haha. Not sure May will let me catch her at that time though 😉


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