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post #11 of 15 Old 07-29-2010, 09:31 AM
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I got a hyper greenie, so I ride him every day. Though I don't ride him hard every day. It depends on the day (I don't have a riding ring, just the road and part of the front yard I have a jump set up on.) And how much energy my horse has. If he's tired I take it easy and don't spend much more than 15-20 minutes most. just enough for a little walk, little trot and maybe a bit of a canter. But for the every other normal day it's even walk, trot, canter and finish with a bit of a jump/poles (Whatever we're working on that day, or a bit of both).
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-29-2010, 12:28 PM
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Whilst I give my guys all Monday off because of commitments I dont think its neccessary. Think about it he gets 23hours of doing nothing so one hours work is not going to take much.
As long as your not doing long strenuous work outs everyday ride as long as you like

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post #13 of 15 Old 07-29-2010, 12:55 PM
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I give my horses and all the horses in my wing of the barn off on Sundays. It gives me a chance to check up on everyone, I do a quick groom on all of them and take a peak at their feet/legs etc. as they are lessons horses and beginners can't always pick out a horse acting funny. MY horses don't really need the day off, and I'll occaisonally throw a western saddle on one of em and jog around a trail or something, I don't see a problem with them being worked all week long as its in moderation as everyone has said. Sundays off is more for me then for them XD
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post #14 of 15 Old 07-29-2010, 01:33 PM
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If I had the chance to ride everyday, I would. I am a *FIRM* believer that a horse that has consistant work is a GOOD horse. If you work your horse a little every day...he wont have the chance to misbehave. I know there are exceptions to every rule. My horse Nico is a high flying gaming horse on a days rest. Ride him 3 days in a row and he could do western pleasure. The longer they sit, the worse off you are!
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^^ I actually have noticed that now that my horse is on a more routine and consistent riding schedule he has been a much better boy! :]
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