09-26-2012, 01:40 AM
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Like others have said, it depends on the horse and what you are doing with them. When I used to be a stockman (Australian version of a cowboy) I was sometimes on a horse every day for months, I had 5 of my own work horses, two of which were going really well and could handle more work, two of which were a little bit behind the first two and not ready for a lot of work, and one which was not ready for any cattle work. On the big days one of the first two were ridden, if we had a smaller day with light work I’d ride on of the other two.
If they are really fit and enjoying the work they can be ridden pretty hard maybe two, or three, days in a row; and I always had the rule that for every days work they got they got a day off in the paddock, so if I rode one three days in a row it got three days in a row off. But, if they are a bit younger, and you are doing a fair bit of training them, too much in one go can get on their nerves, you can overload them and sour them, so regular short rides can be better in cases like that. Having said all of that though I think one of my own biggest mistakes and flaws was that I would get too keen and enthusiastic and over work all of them. It took me quite a while to learn to control myself and just leave them alone sometimes, and that includes even when you are on their back; don’t fidget with the reins, don look for perfection with everything they do. When I finally got that through my skull I found that the horses I start get good much faster and more easily. One of the best rewards you can give a horse is to just leave it alone sometimes.