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post #11 of 23 Old 08-20-2012, 05:06 PM
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well i got my horse saddled and in the arena in 4 min flat was at county fair, and i had just gotten done with english, and was trying to get out of my boots ( i hated those english boots grrr) so i was late for my class...i told them givve me 5 min to get my horse saddled and id be in the arena ready... took me 4 haha

but usually i take my time so about 10-15 min. brush em, clean their hooves n get the saddle bridle on. then boots....then fly spray....

thats just for saddling though....after i get all saddled up i usually spend like 5 min stretching them out on the ground before i get on.

me on the other hand? like 2 min. throw my hair up in a pony tail or bun, get jeans n a t-shirt on, boots, n my hat n go haha

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post #12 of 23 Old 08-20-2012, 05:08 PM
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it depends :) for me i can be ready in 7 minutes without fail everytime

as for getting my horse ready it all depends but on average 10-30 minutes.
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post #13 of 23 Old 08-20-2012, 05:29 PM
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When I have to, I can get myself and my horse around in 5-10 minutes, but I usually take my time, and it ends up being more like 30-35.

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post #14 of 23 Old 08-20-2012, 10:57 PM
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I can do a quick groom, check hooves (Jake's hardly ever need to be picked after they've just been trimmed and he comes in from the field), and tack up in less than 10 minutes. That's saddle pad, saddle, breastcollar, (already attached to saddle on one side) and bridling.

I've gotten fast at it because when Jake was at his previous barn and before I owned him, if I was last to tack up and everyone else was riding, I didn't want to spend forever tacking up! Also, a lot of mornings I do barn chores and ride before work, so if I took 30 minutes to tack up, I might as well not even ride.

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post #15 of 23 Old 08-20-2012, 11:27 PM
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It depends. If I'm taking my time, well, let's just say it would average out around 25ish minutes. (That includes brushing, stretching, etc.) I normally can't waste the day away, though. I have 2 horses to ride in about 2 and a half hours on a good day (that includes a trail that I take them on after our workouts). If I am in a hurry, I can tack a horse up in about 2 minutes. It normally takes me about a minute or less to get ready: pull on a pair of jeans, a shirt, and boots, then head out to ride!

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post #16 of 23 Old 08-21-2012, 02:18 AM
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I'm super slow. It takes me about 30 mintues with normal grooming. At pratice I'm always the last one tacking up. I have so much tack though!
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post #17 of 23 Old 08-21-2012, 02:25 AM
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It takes me about 35 minutes depending on how long i exercise him before hand. After I exercise him I brush off his body, pick his hooves, saddle pad, saddle, bridle then off we go.
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post #18 of 23 Old 08-21-2012, 10:52 AM
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If my horse is clean and I'm just tacking up for a ride at home, it proably takes me two minutes. Clean feet, put on saddle pad, saddle, and bridle. Then I'll walk for a few minutes to gradually tighten the girth.
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post #19 of 23 Old 08-22-2012, 12:34 PM
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Generally less than 10 minutes.

I was the head groom for an international rider and there wasn't a whole lot of time to get horses ready for her. There were just so many that she'd get on, do some work with them and be back at the barn before I could blink, and that other horse should be sitting in the cross ties with its bridle on ready for her to dismount one and lead the other out to the mounting block. Old habits die hard. I can give a thorough grooming so quickly now that it takes most of the joy out of grooming, lol.

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post #20 of 23 Old 08-22-2012, 10:29 PM
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I am usually never in a hurry; can take me anywhere from 15-30 minutes to tack up. That is not including groom time, just tacking up.

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