How often should one ride a horse per week?

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    09-26-2012, 12:48 AM
How often should one ride a horse per week?

I usually ride minimum two times a week. But I try to ride as often as possible. So whats the minimum or maximum riding per week? I ride bareback and usually ride out. Riding out usually for an hour.
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    09-26-2012, 12:53 AM
I would say it depends greatly on the horse, what your horse is doing, his age and all that. A horse that gets hyper, and is suppose to be a barrel horse would need to be ridden more often to stay happy and in running shape than say an older pleasure trail horse.
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    09-26-2012, 12:59 AM
There really isn't a "maximum" or "minimum". It all depends upon the individual horse, rider, and what their chosen discipline calls for.
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    09-26-2012, 01:18 AM
Like above: it depends on the horse. I board with a 4th level dressage gelding who, if not worked daily, turns into a very hot, spooky animal that is just obnoxious to handle. When worked daily, he's totally fine and a very sweet boy.

My mare, I can ride every day and she'll be happy or she can sit all winter and be the same in the spring as she was in the fall.

It depends entirely on each individual animal.
    09-26-2012, 01:40 AM
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.
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    09-26-2012, 01:59 AM
How long is a piece of string?

I try to work my gelding 5-6 days/week, generally one of those days is work in long reins or on the lunge. He is competing Novice Dressage and training Medium (similar to US 3rd/4th level I believe). After a couple of days in the paddock, he will take a good week of solid work to get back to a work mindset, he's a rather reactive little fellow so benefits greatly from regular work.
Each session is generally between 30-60minutes, depending on how he is working.
    09-26-2012, 04:38 AM
Green Broke
I try to ride 6 days a week on my dressage horse and when reeco is back in work I will be riding him as well.
    09-26-2012, 07:48 AM
Thanks all that was very helpful and gave me an idea on what to do next with my horse. Thanks all :)
    09-27-2012, 12:07 AM
I ride for no less than an hour almost every day on rough trails and jumping creeks or logs on my 19 year old 14 hander.
    09-27-2012, 12:11 AM
I ride 5/6 days a week.
My mare has been consistently ridden for the past four years, so we're pretty well toned.
The other horses I ride, I would never push to that extent, (especially since they're not mine), probably only 2 or 3

Plus my are is only 10, and has built up some stamina.

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