Well once my horse is sound again (he's had a rash of injuries that keep me from mounting up) I plan on riding him five or six days a week, and the very least four days a week. Usually I ride for fourty five minutes or so, depending on how much of a brat he's being. When I don't feel like riding (a.k.a its too **** hot) or its too dark out, I lunge him.
School is cutting down my riding time immensely. Zeus gets worked on average three days a week right now. Some weeks it's less, some weeks it's more It all depends on the weather and my schedule. It's not enough for him to be in amazing shape but it's enough for now. My rides don't go over 45 minutes unless it's a trail ride. He gets turned out every day for around 6 hours in a big pasture with all the other geldings so he's not cooped up for too long either.
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.
What?! Who told you that? That is WAY too much work for one horse to handle.
Well I actually only half lease my horse, but his ownwer hardly ever rides him, but when she does, it's usually just a short trail ride. I'm up at the barn anywhere from 4 to 6 days a week, riding for an hour each day. But I also do eventing, so I have to have my horse in shape for that. Another option you have if you can't ride that often is half lease yours out to a good rider and have them pay have the board cost every month.
My horse can't be ridden by other people. The reason I have him is because he was deemed 'dangerous" and "a liability" and "aggressive" so my horse insurence for him says no one else is aloud to ride him.
He's gotten alot better these past few months, but I can't risk him back tracking =/
I wish I could half lease him out, itd be such a money saver
During show season I like to ride 6-7 days a week anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half a day. If I am going to ride 7 days per week, one or two of those will be out on the hills walking.
During off season, when I'm in school, I try to get out 6 days a week and ride for 45-75 minutes. I don't have access to hills in the winter so he just gets at least one day off per week. I find he doesn't stay as fit in the winter, but I think that's inevitable.
He also get turned out for 6-8 hours a day, every day (minus like, christmas or if it is stupid amounts of cold/rain/wind he won't be out for that long, just long enough to clean the barn)
ETA: And when school is really bad I either will drink a lot of caffeine, not sleep and finish my work at night, or get someone to lunge him for me.