During the summer months, training, camps, clinics and shows fill up many equestrians' schedules. Whether you are riding or tackling your barn chores, all these outdoor activities and tasks mean you'll be spending a lot of time out in the sun.
Because of the risks of sun exposure, it's important to make sure you are protected each time you head out to the barn.
Risks of Sun Exposure When Riding
While sunshine is a great source of vitamin D, it also gives off harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. These rays, which are a form of radiation, have the ability to go through your skin and damage or even kill your skin cells.
This exposure can lead to sunburns, sunspots, wrinkles and premature skin aging. Time spent in the sun without protection can also increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Both basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) tend to occur on areas of the skin that are frequently exposed to the sun. Similarly, the chances of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, are higher when skin has been sunburned.
How to Stay Protected From the Summer Sun
When you are out riding in the sun, there are several ways you can cover up and protect yourself. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe this summer:
- If possible, try to avoid riding or being out at the barn when the sun's rays are the strongest. This time frame is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you can't avoid being out then, try to minimize direct sun exposure and spend as much time in the shade as possible.
- Apply sunscreen to all areas of your skin that will be exposed to the sun, includes spots like your ears or the back of your neck. Make sure to reapply it every couple of hours, especially if you've been sweating a lot.
- Wear protective clothing and accessories. Equestrians have several stylish long-sleeve shirt and pant options that can help protect them from the sun's rays. Some of these clothing items even offer ventilation and "cooling" benefits to help keep you comfortable. Don't forget to accessorize and wear a hat and sunglasses for additional protection.
Reduce Sun Exposure and Stay Stylish With the EquiVisor
The EquiVisor easily attaches to your helmet, offering a 4-inch brim that tapers to 1 inch around the sides. This visor is designed to stay on even at a gallop to ensure you stay protected from the sun at all times.
With several styles and colors to choose from, you'll be able to enjoy increased safety and style when riding this summer.
Find the Equestrian Essentials You Need to Stay Safe This Summer at Horse Tack Co
Here at Horse Tack Co, we have the apparel and accessories you need to enjoy spending time with your horse this summer without worrying about the risks of sun exposure. From sun shirts to the EquiVisor, you'll find everything in stock and competitively priced on our online shop.
Have any questions? Give us a call at 866-624-8225 or fill out our online contact form and we'll be in touch with you.