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    03-09-2011, 11:23 PM
Green Broke
At this point nowhere near as much as I should be riding to get her in shape again but as soon as I get caught back up in school and my back is better then it will deffinately increase another 2-4 hours
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    03-09-2011, 11:34 PM
Saddle time - around 3-4 hours. It would be way more if I could find a trail buddy. Wawa... :( He's not in shape enough yet to be doing a lot more difficult flatwork or jumping, so I try to at least lunge him a bit the other days with one or two days completely off. It's hard to keep things fresh for him with only arena work...
    03-10-2011, 10:50 AM
Less than 1 hour per month. :roll:
    03-10-2011, 11:39 AM
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I usually ride Lacey for about 2 hours a week. Sometimes though, like when we go on a trail ride, we spend 1.5-2 hours riding on just that day. Since I try to go on a trail ride once a week or so a realistic number would probably be 3-4 hours a week, but we haven't trail ridden in a week or two because of weather and my schedule.

During the summer though, at camp, oh boy. We ride for at least 3 hours every Monday/Tuesday and anywhere from 4-7 hours a day every other day of the week (except for Sunday and most of Saturday, there's an hour trail ride on Saturday morning, she gets those days off). It's all walking but still. I'm sometimes surprised that I can still stand up straight once I get out of the saddle! Haha
    03-12-2011, 11:50 AM
We're not to the point where I can ride my new girl. But my old jumper I normally rode 15-30 hours a week with him. Lots of it was trails and conditioning though. We'd go hit the trails for 5/6 hours some days..
    03-12-2011, 11:34 PM
It depends on whether I have a competition coming up or not. If I'm competing, I will ride 6 days a week for 2 weeks leading up to it, and alternate how long I ride depending on how he's feeling under saddle. Some days I'll ride for up to 1 1/2 hours if I haven't been able to unlock a block in him, other days I'll ride for 20-30minutes when everything feels good.

I'd say on average per week, on Bob, I would spend maybe 6 hours in the saddle as well as in hand work and lunging.
Then riding other horses as well, hmmmm I guess at the moment I would be spending about 12 hours in the saddle/week.
    03-13-2011, 12:53 AM
Green Broke
Realistically, I try to ride each horse about 4 hours a week (mostly on weekends). I want to get into a rountine though of riding each about 20 mins a day in the arena during the work week. That way I can just do the fun things on the weekends.
    03-13-2011, 09:07 AM
Depending on work, vacation, and the weather, trail time can be from zero to 10 hours a week. Luckily, our mares are at home with us, we have plenty of trails, and they are all 'saddle up and go' types, so if I have a spare hour, I can go outside and hop on without any prep time.
    03-13-2011, 10:27 AM
It's difficult for me to get out to the stable during the week because my parents are working and they're the ones who drive me because I can't drive yet. We just moved to the city of Battle Creek and Quinn is boarded in Galesburg, so it takes a while to get there. These factors affect how often I can see my horse and ride him. At the moment I'm able to see him on Sundays and ride him for 1 hour and 30 minutes, but when I can drive which will be this summer I'll see him more often and ride him for much longer. The gas prices over here will also affect me too.
    03-13-2011, 11:33 AM
Green Broke
That jumps ALL over the place for me. When my horses are healthy and in shape, probably about 3-5 hours in winter a week, and anywhere from 8-20 hours in summer. We often go for 3+ hour trail rides on weekends in summer.

THIS winter, between my job, my horses being out of commission and various other things, it's been 1 hour a week for the last couple months.

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