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    03-09-2011, 04:45 PM
Well I can go through horse by horse.

Opal is half leased but kelly is still in college so right now she gets about 2h work/week, will be about 3-4d a week with about 1h/workout on average

Duke is half leased as of this month. He just saw the chiro and is back in riding shape yay! He's getting about 4-5h a week between myself and my half leaser, however he tends to need more walking warmup bc he is a draft cross so it turns out to be about your average 3-4h of work a week when you take that out.

Sky is rebuilding muscle in his power hind end from last season's hunter pace and a massive chiro and myofascial adjustment so he's doing light to moderate work about 1-2h a week mostly longing in side reins right now with light riding one day for about 30 min mostly trot. His ideal workload is 4-5d a week at 30-45m of steady trot with a little canter and one or two days of jumping workouts.

Lucky is coming back into work sound (yay!) and gets 45m - 1h of reiki before riding, and then about 15m of longing and then 15 - 30 min of riding at walk and trot 1-3x a week building up as his back permits. Right now he's rebuilding muscles from a few major back injuries so fingers crossed all goes well and he can do 3-4d a week at 20-30m a workout!

Ridge is my trail horse but we play on the trails a few days a week esp when it's warmer. Right now we alternate days acting like a spaz on the longe, with riding (i say trot he says bunnyhopcanter******edness if we are in the ring) and trail time starting this weekend yay! He's a semi-retired arab off the track and does great at trails which is his main job these days so between his breeding and his job he gets less than the others but we do camping trips where we will ride for 6-8h a day several days in a row (with every 3rd day off) for two diff weeks in the summer so I make sure he is in shape for that.

Between living at my farm and some days working from home I get to ride quite a bit and with 2 of my guys half leased they will all get 3-5d a week of work based on each horse's needs!

(my other two are babies and get limited longing work and training a few times a month)
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    03-09-2011, 05:01 PM
I try to ride an hour each day. But I go to work and school part time both ways so its hard to get that hour in. So normally I miss two or three days a week going out there.
    03-09-2011, 06:42 PM
*sigh* 3 hours a week for me. Hopefully that will change!
    03-09-2011, 07:31 PM
Ideally, when Ricci is in shape, it's about 9 hours a week. She usually only gets one day off.
    03-09-2011, 09:12 PM
I ride 5 horses a day, but my poor little mare tends to get ignored, usually try to go for three hours a week, but show season is coming so I need to atleast try an hour a day!
    03-09-2011, 10:56 PM
Wow it's interesting to see the variances.

For most of my horses the ideal is 3-5 d a week. My TBs skew to 4-5 and my heavier draft cross does better in 3-4 d a week. Usually several days a week I do 1h - 1h15m when you count warmup and cool down, with a focus on trot work and some lateral work. The ones that do jump only do so once a week over a course and once a week over grids (again on average) and those tend to be 45m - 1h15m workouts depending. Grids are shorter, course work longer but those times incl full warmup and cool down as well. I also try to make one day a week a lighter 20 - 30 min workout usually trot sets and some flexibility work.

I'm a big fan of cross conditioning and do a lot of trot, and flat, and lateral work and much less jumping in comparison.
    03-09-2011, 11:03 PM
Right now only 3-5 hrs per week. Once summer comes it's usually around 12-16 hours a week. We do lots of trail riding.
    03-09-2011, 11:07 PM
Originally Posted by AQHA13    
Right now only 3-5 hrs per week. Once summer comes it's usually around 12-16 hours a week. We do lots of trail riding.
jealous!!! I only get to do that much on trails when we're on vacation!!!!!
    03-09-2011, 11:32 PM
I'm that that "*my* horses" boat of 3-5 hours/week, but I ride 4 other horses usually about 3 hours/week each, so I spend approximately 15-18 hours a week in the saddle? Hopefully that will increase as the weather keeps improving, but I want more saddle time with my own, not everybody else'
    03-09-2011, 11:51 PM
I get about 8-10 hrs right now...will be more once the days are longer. I will also be working another horse in a couple weeks, getting him ready for trail riding for his owner. (he likes to bolt, so I will be getting him broke of that habit). Probably will also be helping a friend get their 3 year old get back under saddle as well. And what ever other horses I can get my hands on when the warm weather hits...Lol!

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