How much riding for older horse?
Because I work at a stable once a week, I get rides 2-3x a week. I've only been allowed on our School master horse, and I'm always worried about doing too much.
He is mid thirties, somewhere around 35-8, 14.2 hand Morgan horse and probably a 5 out of 9. I'm supposed to be doing canter work, and he eagerly goes for it, but I was wondering just how much he can handle. I make sure to ride him for no longer than a hour. Usually, this is what I do:
5-10 min walking
Trot work- circling, posting practice, etc.
10-15 min cool down
I was wondering if cantering for 10 minutes would be okay if I interspered it with trotting or walking.
I'm probably just worrying too much, because just two years ago he was jumping...