To hot to ride is over 105 degrees. To cold is probably under 20 or maybe even 25-30.
Honestly, no I haven’t. Some other things have been going on with her and I’ve been planning to switch trainers, but that would be a good thing to ask her! Thank you so much for your help!!
That does seem very hot for a full lesson... especially if it’s back to back. Have you asked her about it and when she thinks it’s too hot to ride?
Thanks for your opinion!! Part of the problem with the warm weather is that I live in Colorado, so the sun is so much more intense and can make everything feel 5-10 degrees warmer than it actually is. She still taught today when it was 93. And I totally agree with you on the cold weather aspect and that’s the general rule of thumb I follow as well!
It depends on the horse a lot. Some horses thrive in heat while others hate it. My horse for example loves the heat and would prefer a 90 degree day to a 50 degree day. But, even though she likes the heat, I still won’t work her as much, or very much at all. If it is above 80 then it usually is pretty hot and the work for the horse should probably be shortened. Keep in mind that the humidity changes too. If it is very humid and hot then I would probably give my horse the day off. When it is humid it makes it harder for them to breathe as they work, so that is a main factor.
Now for cold! If the ground is frozen (which happens very often at my barn) then I wouldn’t jump, only do flatwork. It takes much longer for them to warm up in the cold, so you can do a 20 minute warmup and then begin to do more work. You can definitely ride horses back to back in the cold, if it’s not too cold (and of course if they are not too tired and they are not worn out by just one lesson). Saying when it is too cold also differs from horse to horse. Some horses do well in cold weather and some hate it. If your horse loves it, then go ahead and ride them!! If they hate it then just take the day off or so a light workout. I’ve ridden in temperatures below 20 degrees, as long as it is not dangerous to the horse (extreme winds, ice, very hard ground etc.).
This was kind of all over the place so sorry about that! I hope this helps a little bit! Good luck!