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Old 07-08-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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I have a summer job giving pony rides which is great BUT it can be very hot leading my horse around in the sun. Whenever I don't have kids I take the horse and myself into the shade, but, sometimes we have a lot of customers and I have no choice. I'm right in the sun all afternoon and I have to make sure my horse is watered. It seems like every single time I am very hot and have what I beleive is heat rash on my legs. Is this dangerous? I'm trying to wear a hat, light clothing, sunblock and drink plenty of water. I get under shade anytime I don't have customers, but, at times I simply cannot seek shade Are there people that can't tolerate the heat
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I have a really difficult time with heat.
I spend time in Idaho during the summer and the intensity of the sun and the heat just slays me.
And you've got the humid heat of New England which can be even more difficult to deal with (although i can't stand dry heat .... i'd rather deal with 90% humidity than 20%) and it's that humid heat, i believe, that causes or makes more likely the heat rash or prickly heat.
Are your clothes not only really light and breathable but soft and 100% cotton?
If you're wearing synthetic fibers, i'd switch that over to all cotton.
You say that you "try" to wear a hat.
I'd say, always wear a hat and one with a big brim that covers your entire face and even your neck.
I know you said you wear sun-block but covering your face and head from the suns heat is a must.
I don't wear sun-block so i don't know a lot about it but i'm wondering if the sun block you're using is causing some skin irritation? and that you might want to try a different brand. Just a thought.
And "plenty" of water might be different for you than it is for someone else.
I'd drink as much as you can even if it means you have to pee constantly.
(hello northern N.H. ... i used to live there )
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:07 PM
 
Location: In a house
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We've been going through a serious humidity patch lately. The rash you are getting is probably just chafing; uber-moist sweaty skin + rubbing against clothing = chafing. Use cold water compresses on it after work and apply some aloe gel to soothe the redness. Same advice applies if it's a heat rash. Not dangerous, but if it gets bad enough it can get seepy and weepy, and then you have to worry about infection. But if it's just redness and some stinging, you're probably not in any danger at all.

Definitely keep drinking water, but also have a -little- something salty around midway through your shift. Like one of those little individual snack-sized packets of salted pretzels. Sodium can actually be a -good- thing if you are sweating a lot, as long as you don't overdo it. When I was a kid in summer camp (super-high physical activity level), we had to take salt tablets on humid days or we'd all end up passing out.

Hat with a brim, can get a cotton mesh or straw hat, in a light color. Wear light -colored- clothing; the sun will feel like it's burning your skin if you wear dark. So faded bluejeans vs. new indigos. It really -does- make a difference. And if you wear boots with the ponies, make sure they're leather, and see if a Dr. Scholl's charcoal insert will help your comfort level a little bit.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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I have a really difficult time with heat.
I spend time in Idaho during the summer and the intensity of the sun and the heat just slays me.
And you've got the humid heat of New England which can be even more difficult to deal with (although i can't stand dry heat .... i'd rather deal with 90% humidity than 20%) and it's that humid heat, i believe, that causes or makes more likely the heat rash or prickly heat.
Are your clothes not only really light and breathable but soft and 100% cotton?
If you're wearing synthetic fibers, i'd switch that over to all cotton.
You say that you "try" to wear a hat.
I'd say, always wear a hat and one with a big brim that covers your entire face and even your neck.
I know you said you wear sun-block but covering your face and head from the suns heat is a must.
I don't wear sun-block so i don't know a lot about it but i'm wondering if the sun block you're using is causing some skin irritation? and that you might want to try a different brand. Just a thought.
And "plenty" of water might be different for you than it is for someone else.
I'd drink as much as you can even if it means you have to pee constantly.
(hello northern N.H. ... i used to live there )
thanks! I did mean to say I wear a hat all the time....sorry! I wear a straw cowboy hat
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:37 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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A bandana dipped in ice water and wrapped around your neck may help cool you down. You could also keep a spray bottle of water in the cooler to mist you and the horse.
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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The rash you are getting is probably just chafing; uber-moist sweaty skin + rubbing against clothing = chafing.
I have some friends that use a product made for that, "body glide" I think. They tell me it does help with the chafing when they run or bike, might be worth a look.
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:52 PM
 
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Aptor hours.....sunblock can sometimes be blamed for the rash.....try wearing none for a couple of days with some light pants to protect you from the sun....I easily get rashes from sunblock.
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