And the Heat Goes On
Just because you have been staying home with your horse doesn’t mean you haven’t been riding, and if you have been riding, you know that the inevitable summertime is upon us. It’s a war…yes, another one. How can you successfully beat the heat, or at least manage to stare it down? There are a few tools that can make it more manageable.
Let’s start with radial pulse points. Radial pulse points are located close to the skin’s surface. Think of places where you can quickly and easily check your pulse, like your neck and wrist. Cooling these areas will cool your body.
Wet Neck scarves are a popular solution, and there are a myriad available to choose from- some more expensive than others. Consumer Reports tested several and found RiptGear to be the most effective, although they are big. Great for a gym workout, they appear a little bulky for riding. One towel could be cut into several scarves and hemmed.
If you are really crafty and determined, you can take the lead with the M2 Polymer Absorbing Crystals company and
make your own high-tech neck scarf. The paragraph below describes how the crystals concept works when used with their neck scarf instructions.
“The AgSAP® Water Crystals are nontoxic polyacrylamide granules of super absorbent polymer available from M² Polymer Technologies (www.m2polymer.com). These same water crystals are used to conserve water and nurture plants in arid conditions. They are concealed in the casing of a cotton neck scarf. When the scarf is soaked in water, the crystals absorb the water, expand, and turn into a crystalline gel. The cotton fabric absorbs water from the gel, and then the water slowly evaporates for a cooling effect. Scarves stay cool and moist for hours due to the polymer’s water-retaining properties and the slower evaporation rate than plain water alone.
Instructions how how to make Cool Ties with our Super Absorbent Polymer can be found HERE!”
Sounds like a great thing to fill a stock tie with!
The next radial pulse point you may wish to address is your wrist. Once again, there are a myriad of products available on the market at a variety of price points.
Kryofit Cold Wrist/Ankle Compression Sleeves w/Freeze Gel Inserts cost about $25. They come in different sizes, and the inserts can be frozen or heated. Advertised to have an effect lasting from 45 to 60 minutes, this could be just the thing to take your ride from pained to productive.
Are you one of those who hangs her foot out of the bedcovers to cool off? Then you appreciate a good sock that doesn’t make your foot sweat. Copper compression socks do an amazing job fitting that bill, and QUXIANG Copper Compression Socks are an outstanding value at $19 for eight pairs of colorful socks. They wash and dry beautifully, don’t bag or bunch, and leave your legs feeling energized. Seams and lumps in the toe area are non-existent. They are sized which is another plus.
Remember the days when we thought cotton was the ultimate hot weather fabric? Well, those days are long gone, and Kerrits has engineered a super cool fabric used in their Ice Fil riding tights and shirts. Advertised as keeping one’s body temperature five degrees cooler than conventional fabric, it works. Dignity is a matter of perception. Go with the tights.
If you can’t stand the thought of going an extended period of time wearing long sleeves in the summertime, you may want to consider compression sleeves that are easy to slip on or off with your t-shirt. Don’t skimp on the price with these, or you’ll get a droopy, useless product. A good pair of sleeves will run about $10. Go with white, or you’ll defeat the purpose of beating the sun. Dark colors definitely attract and retain heat.
Don’t forget sunscreen. It seems as though there is a product for every body part. Cetaphil makes a daily facial moisturizer with sunscreen of SPF 50. It’s non-comedogenic, non-irritating, and fragrance free.
And while we’re on the topic of your face, remember that you can also protect your eyes and face with a newer broad brimmed riding helmet or you can also purchase a special sun brim to attach to you helmet.
Don’t forget those sunglasses and a strap to keep them from sliding down. The glasses strap is the secret weapon in eliminating continual fumbling with slipping shades.
As the summer solstice approaches, don’t panic. Instead, grab a fan, have a plan, and get riding!