Originally Posted by GreyRay
Who the heck actually rides the same horse every day?
Those of us with competition ponies who need keeping fit and schooled. Stan was worked by me 7 days a week for minimum of an hour.
When I had 4 competition ponies I rode every one of them 6 days out of 7.
Not all of us have loads of horses to ride, not all of us have the luxury of having someone else to ride thier horse and some of us have to keep competition ponies FIT for said competitions. It is commonly called having dedication. You can bet that all those top horses will be worked 7 days a week, even if it is by a groom or on a hack out.
Reeco when he goes for breaking will be worked 2-3 times a day, and I will continue that when I get him back, it will only likely be twice a day but it helps get a young horse schooled and ready for the competition season. He will be broken in january/february and I will have him at shows in april at the start of the season and he will be going correctly and be able to be ridden by any ride judge that I put him under.
It is actualy better for a horse to have regular every day work as opposed to days off because tieing up can be caused by exercise after short breaks of inactivity. It is also called monday morning disease because the london cab horses who had sunday off would often get azoutria on monday after a bit of work.