I have enjoyed vicariously trail riding through Laura because here in Virginia, in the summer of 90+ temperatures, the nonhackers (me) stopped riding. The real riders in Virginia kept up their schedule of horse shows and competing no matter how miserable the heat, but my Quarter Horse cross Relish (as in Relish the Thought, not as in hotdog) and I cried "uncle" and gave up.
First, the heat was relentless. In June and July the pastures were so parched, we had to move our three horses to the neighbor's big field when ours were reduced to dust. Fortunately, it was so dry the flies disappeared. DISAPPEARED. It was magical--only crunching through bone dry woods in a complete sweat was not fun either, even if Relish and I weren't battling the bugs. Since the word 'drought' was mentioned often, I bought hay early from the same neighbor, worried that our grass would stay brown and the area's hay crop might be scarce.
Then in August the rain and humidity returned. Rain brought the grass so we were able to move the horses back home. It also brought the flies, and my once a week swipe with fly spray was ineffective, so it was back to fly masks, spraying constantly and religiously bringing the horses into the barn during the hottest time of the day where two huge fans keep them somewhat cool and keep off the flies.
Last week we had several chilly mornings. I quickly dragged out my gear and saddled up. Relish seemed eager to get away from his two bossy pasture mates (mares, of course) and we had a few easy (warming up those muscles) rides. Then heat hit again, the flies returned for their last hurrah, and the helmet and boots went back in the closet.
Weather definitely affects my riding, but the care of the horses never falters. I long for fall, but part of me remembers the past winter, which I don't want to hurry up. We had two feet of snow and three foot drifts that lasted forever, and my snowshoes and ice cleats replaced bug spray and fly masks in order to ensure my horses were fed and safe.
How does weather affect your riding?