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post #1 of 36 Old 03-09-2011, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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What's Your Weekly Riding Schedule?

I am bringing my OTTB back into work after months of very inconsistent riding-one or two days a week, sometimes not at all. He is doing very well all things considered, and we are just doing basic flatwork to get his mind back into it. I think after this week (his second week in consistent work) I will start trail riding/light hacking with him as well as start lessons back up. Hopefully by summer he will be fit to compete!

So, for sake of my motivation, what is your guys' schedules like?
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Yeah, my fellow and I had the same winter. I really did try to keep up with my riding 5 days a week, but the weather was nasty. Too cold, snowing, roads cruddy to drive on - so I got out maybe once to twice a week.

Now that the snow is melting and we're at a new barn, we are getting back into the swing of things - which is hacking.

Being Eventers, hacking is the most important factor to conditioning and developing, for both horse and rider. So Nelson and I are slowly getting back to our routine.

I am spending as little time as possible in the arena right now, the more I get out on those trails the better. We started out at 45 minutes and are now out there for 1 hour, gradually increasing it to 1 1/2 hours.

We have a lesson Thursday, and a clinic with a 3* Eventer on the 19th. So I need to get him and myself back into condition. Our first HT is May 8th.

In total, I am in the arena once a week, while out hacking the rest. Nothing better than getting out on those trails that are packed with hills to climb up and down on, large open fields to hand gallop in, with plenty of scenery and friends to share the good times with.

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Yeah, my fellow and I had the same winter. I really did try to keep up with my riding 5 days a week, but the weather was nasty. Too cold, snowing, roads cruddy to drive on - so I got out maybe once to twice a week.

Now that the snow is melting and we're at a new barn, we are getting back into the swing of things - which is hacking.

Being Eventers, hacking is the most important factor to conditioning and developing, for both horse and rider. So Nelson and I are slowly getting back to our routine.

I am spending as little time as possible in the arena right now, the more I get out on those trails the better. We started out at 45 minutes and are now out there for 1 hour, gradually increasing it to 1 1/2 hours.

We have a lesson Thursday, and a clinic with a 3* Eventer on the 19th. So I need to get him and myself back into condition. Our first HT is May 8th.

In total, I am in the arena once a week, while out hacking the rest. Nothing better than getting out on those trails that are packed with hills to climb up and down on, large open fields to hand gallop in, with plenty of scenery and friends to share the good times with.
I agree! It just takes time for Monroe's brain to grow back...Once I get rid of his excess energy and he is back into a "working" mind set,we too will enjoy the rolling hills! He really is a great trail horse when he's fit...but right now there are too many coyotes/bob cats/ jack rabbits/quail that will eat him..but we will be there soon!
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My normal schedule with a horse in full work?

About 6-7 days a week. Usually about 3 days of flat work, 2 or 3 days of conditioning work, and 1 day of jumping.

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well because its still winter here, with no hope of safe trails yet, we are flatting/dressage 4-5 days a week and jumping once a week.

in the summer i ride mostly in a big field to flat and jump and go on the trail a bit almost everyday. i usually ride 6-7 days a week and jump at least once a week if not twice.

my old trainer always said that it takes 3 months to properly condition and event horse. first month building muscle, second month cardio, third month strengthening tendons and ligaments [this means road work]

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oooh MIE can't wait to hear more about the clinic!!!

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Let's see. In winter, our schedule is ride in the indoor 4 to 5 boring days a week. Yawn.

Once the weather is good, 2 days trail riding about 90 minutes each, 2 days flatwork/jumping either in a dirt ring, grass ring or logs in a field. 2 days dressage work, one day in ring, the other in open field. 1 day off. Weather permitting, every session ends in a short 10 minute loop walk through the woods. I keep it very varied since both me and my horse have the attention spans of gnats. Working on the uneven surfaces out in the fields by far builds the most muscle and stamina.

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Well where I'm at, I can't really ride. There is so much snow, and the temperatures are usually below 0. I don't have an indoor arena so it's hard for me to really ride during the winter. Cherokee hasn't been really ridden since about November. I rode him a couple of weeks ago just bareback for about 5 minutes, but it was so cold it was just not fun for either of us. He just wanted to go back in the barn. There is also way to much hard snow and very slippery conditions in their pen, so I don't want to take the risk of them slipping and getting hurt. I guess I don't really get to ride in the winter at all.
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Once the weather is good, 2 days trail riding about 90 minutes each, 2 days flatwork/jumping either in a dirt ring, grass ring or logs in a field. 2 days dressage work, one day in ring, the other in open field. 1 day off. Weather permitting, every session ends in a short 10 minute loop walk through the woods.

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well because its still winter here, with no hope of safe trails yet, we are flatting/dressage 4-5 days a week and jumping once a week.
i usually ride 6-7 days a week and jump at least once a week if
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About 6-7 days a week.
*cry* *sob* *snif*... If I get to ride 2 days a week this summer I'll be extactic and jumping up and down like a bunny...

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