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        08-04-2008, 07:45 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Am I working her 2 hard??

    A lot of the people at the barn say I work chance hard, to my I don't see it. The more people that say it the more I feel bad. Do you see this as hard work??

    We walk a good 2-3 laps then work up to a lap of trotting then move back down to a walk 1 lap then trot probably 3 laps then walk another lap then we throw in some jumps about 1 ft or 2 high and we basicly just trot over them another 4 laps. Then lately we've just been cantering 1/2 a lap or sometimes one whole lap.. then I cool her out. She sweats which to me is because she's not use to being ridden everyday. I gave her 2 days off...

    I mean yes im tough on her and make her work a lot harder when she doesnt behave, or I gave her a good bump in the side if she didnt turn and decided to go stright.. but is it really that hard of a work out??

    Someone called my horse or me idk a slave driver?? Sorta in a jokingly way but still..

    Should I just kinda work her real light for a week just all walk slight trotting just to let people know I do give my horse a break???

    I mean I use to lunge her some before I rode her like that but I don't anymore.. >.<!

    Am I a bad mommy???
         
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        08-04-2008, 10:18 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    NOT AT ALL!!!!!!!!! I personally don't see how these people think that. At my barn we all get 2 lessons a week with 30 minute STRAIGHT flating and 30 minutes working on jumping. And everyday we all flat them for 45 mintues with one day off. I don't know if this is because I am at a big show barn or what, but I think your fine.
         
        08-04-2008, 10:33 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    Good thing im not the only one who thinks im not doing a lot lol
         
        08-05-2008, 04:01 AM
      #4
    Trained
    Oh my lord no lol possum and jarred would think they were on holidays if I gave them a workout like that ;)

    Just for comparisons sake this is a normal weeks workouts for possum who gets the most work because its show season.

    * monday - 1 hr flatwork
    * tuesday - day off
    * wednesday - lunging with lunge training system and then jumping (all up about 45 minutes to an hour depending on her energy level)
    * thursday - 30 minutes flatwork, 30 minutes jumping
    * friday - cruise around the paddock getting the energy out working up hills
    * saturday - 15 minutes lunge training, 30 minutes flatwork and finish up with a few jumps
    * sunday - a trail ride usually for about 2 hours

    I really wouldnt worry about over working your horse. By any chance are the people that are saying this the kind of people that either rarely ride or when they do they ride for like 10 minutes???

    And if she sweats, she sweats. She's a horse and its summer there. Possum is sweating at the end of her workout and its winter here. You only need to be worried about sweat if your horse is fit and it starts sweating excessively. If she wasnt sweating after her workout I would be more worried. I mean im sweating after we ride and I don't hear anyone complaining to possum about making me sweat ;)
         
        08-05-2008, 04:03 AM
      #5
    Trained
    I just want to mention that if you do have her on a reasonably busy work schedule don't forget to keep her feed up to compensate. Over the last 7 weeks that possum has gone back into such heavy work I have upped the amount of feed she gets to cover the extra calorie loss
         
        08-05-2008, 08:52 AM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Chance is up to 4 flakes morning and night sometimes more depending.. with a full scoop of grain pellets at night.
         
        08-05-2008, 08:56 AM
      #7
    Weanling
    Work is good for them, I don't think you are working too hard at all-your concern shows you are a good mommy!
         
        08-07-2008, 05:10 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Not at all !!

    Well not too me
    I walk my horse 30 mins on the way to go out on a hack n then go hackin for 3 hours 6 days a week n give her a day off
    It gets her fit

    So your not a bad mommy at all
         
        08-07-2008, 07:47 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    Good to know lol I think I've been giving her to many days off :P
         
        08-30-2008, 04:18 PM
      #10
    Foal
    Your not working her too much at all! When Winnie was fully fit (ummm about that right now...haha). I was riding 5-6 days a week (depending on if I had a show that weekend or not) I was riding 1-2 hours each day, I jumped some days (up to 2ft 6in on my own and 3ft3in in lessons).

    Sweating is normal, its how horses cool down. Its just like if you went for a run/jog, even if you weren't tired you would be sweating!
         

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