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    05-20-2013, 01:28 AM
Green Broke
My Dressage trainer *requires* that you ride at least 1-2x per week outside any sort of "arena" or she will drop you.

I love a horse a bit on the *hotter* side and a go, go, go, go, go horse that's locked up in a stall is NOT one I am getting on! If I have an early, early lesson (IE before normal turnout is done), I will get to the barn extra early to make sure my horse goes outside to run around free in turnout before my lesson. I prefer he gets his crazies out playing with his buddies in turnout!
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    05-20-2013, 03:51 PM
Green Broke
Carl hester and Charlotte Dujardin ride all thier horses out on hacks. Valegro is hacked regularly - that's millions of worth of olympic gold medal winning horse.
    05-20-2013, 04:19 PM
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Its seems less common for horses in the US to go off the property - I tried dozens of horses when I was looking to buy one and none had ever been ridden out of an arena other than at a showground - including the one I ended up buying
I makes them very bored and sour I'm sure
As faye said in the UK most people 'hack out' on a regular basis including riding on roads. If you have a valuable show horse that you don't want to risk getting a blemish you dress it up in leg and knee boots and off you go. There are many top show hunters that go (fox) hunting for real too. Its surprising how much schooling you can actually do when just riding around the lanes and tracks
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    05-20-2013, 04:26 PM
Green Broke
Yep Reeco rides out, most show horses go out on the roads and hunting. Heck I know a HOYS supreme champion who is currently out eventing and regularly went hunting.
    05-21-2013, 06:02 PM
I boarded for several years at a predominantly dressage barn, and was extremely surprised at the amount of horses that *never* got ridden outside of an arena. There was also more than a few horses at the barn that were never ridden in the outdoor arena either, just the indoor only year round. Those seemed to be, not surprisingly, the unhappiest/sourest horses at the barn. I lived on site and had a window to each arena, the indoor and outdoor, so it was something I noticed over time. Really boggled my mind though.
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    05-21-2013, 11:53 PM
I take my horses out on trail rides as much as I can! I think (like others have said :)) it helps them destress and have a bit of fun. I prefer fields and trails to arenas because it desensitizes them to 'scary stuff'. As a side note: Had a woman say to me a few days ago that she kept her horse in 24/7 and he only went out when she had him on a lead rope, was being ridden, or for four hours at night all to preserve his color for if she might 'one day show him'.... seems a bit overkill to me.
    06-02-2013, 02:08 AM
I definitely ride out! I find that my horse performs best when he has had some time to be a horse and do what he wants, and when I come back to train him (sometimes even that ride) he is so much more willing to learn. I often ask him for a few simple manoevours during the trail, which they love, and I often will introduce new movements on a trail, where I find that they pick things up with a sort of 'spunk' you don't often recieve in the arena :)
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    06-02-2013, 02:35 AM
I honestly think getting out of an arena keeps the horse in a sound mindset. I always take my horses out of the arena for their cool out, and just walk around my yard (which urks my parents) or into our hay field, sometimes even down a road.

For my all around horse that is learning eventing from a base of 4H and dressage, I take him out to a dirt road that rarely has cars on it, and let him run. Ever since I started doing this, he has been so much more willing to come out and do arena work!

I absolutely despise horses that are kept locked in stalls all day, just to be ridden in an arena and put back >:(
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    06-02-2013, 07:54 AM
My boss is a dressage rider (Prix St George/Inter 1) and eventer (3*). He has a team of each at varying levels and degrees of experience.

All the horses (even ones that come to him for schooling) are ridden out once a week.

I am no where near as good a rider as him and my horses are not even close to being the same calibre, but I have noticed that they are happier and more settled the more I vary their work load. With one of my horses, I don't school the day before a show, I ride him out on the trails. He settles a lot more in his dressage than he would if I school him.
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    06-03-2013, 12:34 AM
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Yup, my dressage horse is ridden outside regularly. We both enjoy it!

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