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Is it too HOT for your Horse?

Lately I think it has been WAY to hot in Hotlanta to ride.  Here is an interesting formula for determining if it is really to hot to ride your horse!

The Formula:
air temperature + relative humidity – wind speed = answer

Evaluating your answer:
180 or above don’t ride,
130-170 use caution
130 or below ride!

Determine: Temperature (F) + relative humidity (%) – wind speed For example: Temperature (F) 79
Relative Humidity (%) 58
Wind Speed 4.6 (MPH)
Answer = 132.4

Less than 130: All go-horses can function to cool themselves assuming adequate hydration.
130 – 170: Caution-a horse’s cooling mechanisms can only partially function as intended. Some cooling management procedures will need to be performed.
180 or above: Stop-a horse’s cooling systems cannot and will not
function adequately. All cooling procedures will need to be utilized
to keep the horse out of serious trouble.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Deborah...Jackson  |  July 7th, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Hello…So..here..in..Ohio..it..would.have..
    been..ok..to..ride..with.the..90degrees.My..
    friend..took..hers..out..for..6..hour..trail..ride..today.

  • 2. Red Horse  |  September 9th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Deborah:
    It is finally cooled off a bit in Atlanta. PHEW, what a horribly hot summer we have had.
    Carol

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