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  • How often does a horses need time off after running barrels once a week
  • How often does a barrel horse need to be worked

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    02-11-2013, 02:21 PM
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Weanling
What's you schedule like?

How often do you ride?
For how long?
What dicipline do you do?
What do you do when you ride?

Just kinda curious to see what other people do

Just gonne go off of what I do in the summer-
  • In the Summer I ride everyday but only ride 1 horse 6 times a week they get the day after a show off. So on one horses day off I ride a diffrent one. I don't get days off haha.
  • It depends on the weather usually anything from 45min-2 hours.
  • Everything but compete in Western games.
  • idk I try to change it up so it stays interesting! :)
     
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    02-11-2013, 02:43 PM
  #2
Showing
I ride 5 days a week, generally 30 mins to an hour. I compete in jumpers. I flat most rides and only jump 1-2 times a week.
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    02-11-2013, 03:55 PM
  #3
Green Broke
How often do you ride?
During the spring, summer, and fall, I try to ride every single day. Some days I don't make it out if I have something going on, but I shoot for every day. Right now I just have one horse to ride but once my 2-yr-old goes to the trainer in June/July, I will have him to exercise as well (although I currently spend time with ground work with him).

In the winter, it is dark at 5:00 PM and I work usually until 6 PM. So for the sheer darkness (and usually COLD) I give my horses time off in the winter. I will haul to an indoor arena on occasion just to ride once in a while during the winter.

For how long?
For my current horse (7 yr old and very energetic), he gets ridden a minimum of an hour. We usually go at least 4 miles, usually 5 miles. I'll do a mile walk to warm up, and then mix up between trotting and loping for the next 3 miles, and then a mile walking to cool down.

When my 2-yr-old gets riding, his rides will be much shorter and lighter, and focus a lot on fundamentals.

What dicipline do you do?
My main goals are for barrel racing and pole bending, but I also do enjoy reining, competitive trail, and cattle events.


What do you do when you ride?
Mostly is trail riding and conditioning. If my horse needs barrel/pole training, we'll do that either at the end of the ride or halfway through (when they've gotten some miles to warm up and focus). I have plenty of land to ride on, so if they need things like reining training, I have open fields to do that on.
     
    02-11-2013, 07:04 PM
  #4
Yearling
How often do you ride?
I have been blessed to have some great friends that have let us ride at their indoor the last 2 years! So late Spring-Winter I try and ride everday, especially Spring-Fall. After a race I give them a day off, then back to work.

For how long?

Depends, I try to ride at least 45minutes. My normal time is 45-1hr

What dicipline do you do?
I Barrel Race


What do you do when you ride?

That depends also, some times I just exercise them and long trot, others I may work drills, or work the pattern some. I don't really have a plan....depends on what I want to do when I get on, or what the horse might need to do.
     
    02-11-2013, 08:35 PM
  #5
Yearling
How often do you ride?
I try to ride everyday as I have an indoor arena. In the winter I ride less just because its cold.

For how long?
It depends. Usually 30 minutes or longer, depends on what I'm doing that day.

What dicipline do you do?
Barrel Race


What do you do when you ride?
Just ride for excercise mainly. I will work on the barrel and pole pattern as needed. Sometimes go trail riding, just depends on the day.
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    02-12-2013, 05:36 AM
  #6
Trained
How often do you ride?
I try to ride every day, but with finances being tight and me having my show horses boarded where there is an indoor arena for the winter, I am riding a little less than I normally would. Usually four days a week, but on my mare right now that's enough for her.

For how long?
An hour, usually, plus about ten minutes cool out time.

What dicipline do you do?
Reining, ranch classes, barrels and gaming events as well.
After this year I will only be doing barrels.

What do you do when you ride?
Always warm up with long trots and lots of counter arc circles, pressing buttons like haunch and forehand turns/sidepassing, counter canter, rollbacks, basically just trying to find some holes to work on. Often now with my mare I'm doing a lot of running hard into the arena and then letting her just chill and work so she learns the arena is not always a bad place when she is asked to run in. I am doing my best to prevent her gate problems. My colt is doing a LOT of drills right now, particularly spirals and rollbacks.
     
    02-12-2013, 01:06 PM
  #7
Yearling
When my 2 year old gets broke either this summer, or next summer, I will be riding her lightly, doing basic training on her back.

How often:
For first bit 2-3 days a week, rest of week doing ground work
After a year, 4-6 times a week, including winter when not icy or cold

How long:
First bit 10-15 minutes every time I ride. After a while, 20-30 minutes.
After a year 1 hr a day, give or take.
What dicipline:
Western Events, for first bit, arena work and trail riding
By the age of 5, reining, barrel racing, other gymkanna, more trails, more arena work, western pleasure, mainly everything western.

What will we do:
Walk trot transistions, after a year of riding her lightly, getting into more loping, stoping, more transistion, start reining training, eventually barrel racing.

My hope is to get her started on barrels by the age of 5. That gives us 3 years to train and break her. We are taking it slowly.
     
    02-12-2013, 03:45 PM
  #8
Foal
How often do you ride?
Typically 5-6 days per week if my horse is sound and the weather is good.

For how long?
30 minutes- 1 hour 30 minutes. Sometimes longer if my mare is just being a brat and I need to spend more time correcting her behavior before I let her go home. Or if I'm on a long trail ride.

What dicipline do you do?
Barrels, gymkhana, and just fun trail riding. I used to do reining and WP as well.

What do you do when you ride?
That depends what my mare needs or how I'm feeling. If we've had a lot of arena work, I'll head out on a trail and sometimes let her gallop up hills if she's been good. I do barrel drills, basic walk/trot/lope as a reminder, poles and barrels (if the arena is free), and sometimes I'll just throw on a bareback pad and go over small jumps.
     

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