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    09-27-2009, 08:51 PM
  #1
Weanling
how often do you ride your horse?

So I only have enough time, what with work and everything to ride my horse 2-3 sometimes 4 times a week, for like a half hour-an hour. I always wonder/worry if he's going to loose all his muscle tone from the lack of excerise. How often do you guys ride your horses? Do you think this is a ok amount of riding per week?
Just curious
     
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    09-27-2009, 08:52 PM
  #2
Trained
Sigh...not nearly enough...
     
    09-27-2009, 08:59 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I ride 5-6 days a week at the moment I am only riding 45 minutes to an hour as that is all Chinga can do without becoming extra hot in the heat.
     
    09-27-2009, 09:09 PM
  #4
Weanling
Do you guys think 2-3 times for only 30-60 minutes is too little excerise though?
     
    09-27-2009, 09:23 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Yeahh, I think its to little from what I've heard the horse is meant to be worked 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. I think this would be impossible (I am not suggesting doing it by the way). I know one friend who is a teacher, so she doesn't have much time to ride. So if she doesn't ride she lunges. I know most people ride 5-6 days a week, giving the horse one day of rest.

If you can't ride your horse that much a few things you could possibly do is getting someone out to ride your horse for you, I know many people would like to ride everyday but because of the price of owning a horse or the price of lessons this is hard for them. If you decide to go with this idea you could do a deal eg: They ride your horse for 45 minutes and then have to put them away, feed and rug your horse (general morning or night care) for the day they ride. So this means they get riding time and they also get to do some of the stuff in owning horses. For you it makes it easier. There are a few more things you can do but did you think about not being able to ride enough when you bought your horse.
     
    09-27-2009, 09:33 PM
  #6
Yearling
My horse has a trainer who rides him 3-4 days out of the week, so I can choose not to ride on weekdays if I don't have time. Typically I ride 3-4 times a week, either dressage, jumping saddle, or bareback pad.
     
    09-27-2009, 11:10 PM
  #7
Trained
I'm an addict. I'm up there 6 to 7 days a week. I ride about an hour most day. Trial rides go up to 3 hours. I work at night, so I have some freedoms there that most people don't to ride in the daytime.
     
    09-27-2009, 11:17 PM
  #8
Foal
I ride about 3 times a week, sometimes more. If I trail ride it's much longer. I try to change it up alot. I'll ride western, english and bareback (i'm e loser, I can't stay on at the canter bareback on my own horse!), and we trail ride, mostly in western tack.

Good question as to if that's enough. I've heard for people getting in shape you are supposed to work out a day, and then rest, to let your muscles rebuild and repair, I would think in some ways it would be the same for horses?
     
    09-27-2009, 11:49 PM
  #9
Yearling
I try to ride Duchess 5 days a week if its not raining. I usually ride between an hour to an hour and a half. With the temps in the upper 90's still, she can't take much and neither can I!
     
    09-28-2009, 12:34 AM
  #10
Foal
I ride 6 days a week for an hour depending on the workout im giving. I only ride for an hour no longer. Only at shows do I ride longer than an hour , and even then I gey off anddo things to free up their back.
     

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