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post #1 of 11 Old 08-04-2008, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Am I working her 2 hard??

a lot of the people at the barn say I work chance hard, to my i dont 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 shes 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 dont anymore.. >.<!

Am I a bad mommy???
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-04-2008, 10:18 PM
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NOT AT ALL!!!!!!!!! i personally dont 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 dont know if this is because i am at a big show barn or what, but i think your fine.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-04-2008, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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good thing im not the only one who thinks im not doing a lot lol
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-05-2008, 04:01 AM
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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. shes 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 dont hear anyone complaining to possum about making me sweat ;)

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-05-2008, 04:03 AM
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i just want to mention that if you do have her on a reasonably busy work schedule dont 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

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-05-2008, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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chance is up to 4 flakes morning and night sometimes more depending.. with a full scoop of grain pellets at night.
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-05-2008, 08:56 AM
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work is good for them, i dont think you are working too hard at all-your concern shows you are a good mommy!

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-07-2008, 05:10 PM
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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

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-07-2008, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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good to know lol i think ive been giving her to many days off :P
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-30-2008, 04:18 PM
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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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