It got nasty hot these last few days: our official high on Monday was 109 ℉, but my phone clocked it at a stifling 111℉. Yesterday was better at 105℉, but not by much. I have a riding threshold, which means that I feel okay to ride at about 100℉. Above that, I just don't even want to.
When I am saddling up at 99 degrees and it's creeping toward the century mark, I'll keep the ride short and won't ask for a whole lot. When it's already above 100 when I saddle, and I see that it is getting warmer, my enthusiasm wanes very quickly. That's what happened yesterday.
It's hard for me to see trail rides as having equal value as arena work, but this heat might end up forcing me to spend more time working on getting and keeping his attention when there's too much to see - a skill he'll need when he goes to a show.
I sure hope it's cooler today - for all of us!