As far as the "running a finished horse at home" discussion, it is really going to depend on the horse and the situation.
For example with conditioning: I would RUN my old horse Beau at home. But he usually didn't get hauled hard. So the weeks we weren't going anywhere, I would run him at home once a week to keep those running muscles in shape. Plus he wasn't the hot type, so could actually be ran several times in a row (I never actually did that with him though) and it wouldn't bother him.
But some horses you can't make multiple runs on, especially at home.
As another example, some horses run better the more they ARE run. An example would be some of the ladies that run at the NFR. I believe that Sherry Cervi often says that Stingray runs better the more runs you make on her. So she'll progressively get faster and faster as the rounds go on. Point being, you possibly could apply this to making a run at home a couple days before a big race, to have your horse tuned up. If that happens to be what works best for that horse.
And then there are some finished horses where you DON'T run at home.
It's just a matter of knowing what your horse needs, as every horse will be different.
But correct: You don not want to RUN a horse every single day. That's just too hard on their bodies, even if the horse's mind can handle it.
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Last edited by beau159; 03-16-2013 at 07:47 PM.