How Much Is Too Much
I just came across an old thread about how long each of you ride your horses in a week, and I wanted to post to see if maybe I'm doing something that could be harmful to my horses. I have only been riding for about a year and a half. I did not grow up around horses, but have always wanted to. I bought my first one in Sept. Of 2010 and a new chapter of my life has begun.
When the question was asked, how many hours do you ride in a week, I was disheartened to see the replies because it has made me feel I may be doing something wrong. I only work part time (20 hours a week split up into 4 days). On one day, I only have to work 2 hours and it is very early in the morning, so as far as riding goes, that is basically a whole riding day. On Sunday's I only work half the day. What that means is, on my days off, or short work days, I ride. So for 4 days out of the week, I can be on my horse anywhere from 6-13 hours and on my half days, it's more like 3-5. Is that too much riding? We ride QHs and I am not talking about hard riding. We just trail ride mostly on the road because of all the rain we've had lately plus the "No Trespassing" signs posted everywhere! My horses are all shod.
Thanks for any and all advice.