But now, just to make sure that our average temperatures are about normal (just shows you what poor information an average temperature provides), we're having heat-alert temperatures this weekend. Yesterday, we only got into the upper 80s but with the very high humidity, the heat index was in the upper 90s. Today the actual temperature is supposed to hit 95, with a heat index of over 100. Neither the horses nor I are used to these sorts of temperatures, and our pastures have no shade at all, so I brought my horses in early yesterday. Today I went to the barn at 5:00 a.m. and turned out by 5:30 so at least they'll get some grazing and turnout time before they come in early. Then I cleaned my stalls, and was pretty sweaty by that time.
Finally, just to top off, I cleaned out the front tack room in my trailer - it was a mess and full of lots of stuff that just needed to be thrown away or resold - we've had 7 different horses over the past 12 years and used to show extensively and you can't imagine how much stuff accumulates. And, We Never Throw Anything Away - or at least I claim it's my daughters who don't! The hardest part about the trailer cleaning exercise was that at some point over the past couple of years there had been an infestation of mice - how they got in the front tack room through metal doors and walls is beyond me, but believe me, they'd been there in force. Luckily there were no mouse bodies. The reason to clean today is that our parking lot is occupied by two large dumpsters brought in for an unrelated community event - and we can use them while they're there. I expect tomorrow morning I'll do a little more cleaning out - this time of my garage!
I love throwing stuff away - for some reason it feels good - and then there's EBay for the rest of the stuff that's still good but that we don't use anymore - pony saddle pads, a pony bridle and various bits I'll never use - a number of years ago I threw away any bits that I consider to be torture devices - like double twisted-wire snaffles - I won't resell anything like that because it would end up being used by someone else.
It's supposed to cool down somewhat tomorrow, so maybe they'll be some good riding weather soon!