I have kept four of horses at top fitness since April im now finding them getting sour so I know its time to let them down for a month.
Normally when I let down I reduce riding from 6days down to 3 days then nothing over say 3weeks I will also move them from a field with minimal grazing to a large field with plenty of grass.
I normally leave them out for maybe 3weeks to a month depending on how they were feeling before I let them out,weight gain, weather conditions etc.
In the beginging of October I bring them in and start to winter them up and introdice just gentle hacks to keep themfresh. I don't start working them properly untill the end of December. I will then build up everything really slowly and aim for full fitness in April.
For me full fitness means riding 6 days a week for an hour or more a mix of schooling, jumping and hacking I also start to compete them once a week moving up to twice a week for the entire summer.
I was wondering does anyone else let there horses down for winter and how they do it? And if they have any changes I can make to my plan