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post #1 of 35 Old 12-09-2008, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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How long do you ride for in one session?

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In another thread that I started, someone (sorry, can't remember who ) said that they ride their horses for 2 hours each, nearly every day! To me, that is a lot. I ride my horse for 30-60 minutes, 3-4 times a week, and this is pretty average here in Australia, from my experiences anyhow.

Wanted to compare, so just wondering how long and often do you work your horses?

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post #2 of 35 Old 12-09-2008, 07:12 AM
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Well, I tend to try to ride each of my horses at least an hour a day, and still have a little time to work with my foal. But, most days I have other things to do and can only manage 30-45 minutes.

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post #3 of 35 Old 12-09-2008, 07:42 AM
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I am not a winter person, so, I try to get in all the riding I can in the other three seasons.

I have three horses and I ride one horse about 5 days a week for 1-2 hours at a time. I used to ride him for about an hour and then starting to find if I rode him longer than that, his internal clock said I was supposed to be done :roll: and he started acting up. So, I changed it to riding him longer than an hour each time to avoid that. That worked.

The other two horses I will trade off riding and I ride them about 20 minutes to an hour each time.
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post #4 of 35 Old 12-09-2008, 11:11 AM
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In the Spring, Summer and Fall I ride 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes each, except when I have a lesson and those tend to run about an hour. In the Winter I ride in my lesson on Saturdays, and ride for 30-45 minutes on Sunday because I can only get to the barn on the weekends since the arena is not lit.

These times can vary because if my horse and I are battling it out over something or I am trying to work on something with her, I won't let her quit until I get the desired response from her. Other times, when we are working on stuff and it goes well and she is listening, I'll end the session on a good note and give us both a break.
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post #5 of 35 Old 12-09-2008, 04:37 PM
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I ride one horse anywhere from 45 min- 2 hours depending what time of year it is and 4-7 times a day. I work with my colt for an hour and my other horse about 45 min 2-4 times a week
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post #6 of 35 Old 12-09-2008, 05:46 PM
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I ride my horse for at least an hour and a half. One way I keep his stamina up is I will go on an hour long trail ride before or after schooling and I usually school for about an hour maybe a little less. So It's almost two hours for me here. I ride him about 5-6 times a week.
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post #7 of 35 Old 12-09-2008, 05:48 PM
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i ride my horses 1.5-2 hours a day. about 5 days a week...some times less cause im a busy girl :S
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post #8 of 35 Old 12-09-2008, 05:50 PM
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usually between 1-2 hours a day 5-6 days a week. When you think about the other 22 hours each day the horse is eating or resting, so 2 hours work isnt much in comparison.
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post #9 of 35 Old 12-09-2008, 06:21 PM
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That was me!! :]

Well... When I said i ride about 2 hours a day, that's when we have daylight savings. Sometimes we ride for longer as well, but it's not all intense. We go for long sustained trots and canters, occasional gallops, mixed with periods of walking. it's really good fitness work, and for mounted games and polocrosse I need a very fit horse. On the weekend if I'm not competing we will go on long trailrides, sometimes 5-6 hours. we'll stop at a creek or something for lunch and a swim.

In winter however, i don't finish work till four thirty and it gets dark at five thirty, so I can only ride for about 30-45 minutes safely, as i don't have an arena or lights. And trails next to raods in the dark isn't so much fun!
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post #10 of 35 Old 12-09-2008, 09:35 PM
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I ride and work a dozen horses most everyday, 2 of my horses are riden up to 6 and 8 hours a day as i use them for doing all my training and poneing my young horses from, so they have full days, If i was liveing on a working cattle ranch they would be rode 7 days a week and most days all day long, Now not all rideing is done at a high pace it varieas from walk trot to lopeing and some all out get er done rideing. And im retired and lazy so i use the horses to do my walking and jogging for me, Now there are weeks that my horses are not ridden much but im doing other things with them like the ground work ect. But i own them and feed them so that i can ride and also drive them as all my stock is harness broke also. I look at it as a waste of there time and energy is i cant use them so i ride as much as the man above will let me ride, I have ridden a horse from dawn to dark thirty on a lot of days, but again its not all out and out hard rideing. They stay in great shape and stay happy and healthy , and are ready to go anytime i want to ride. AND THEY REALLY ARE HAPPY TO HAVE A JOB TO DO.Thats is why when i walk out the door to my pasture they are waiting to go . not have to have a can of feed to catch them they are there ready to ride and work .
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