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post #1 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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riding daily-posted for a friend

My friend was asking me if its okay if they ride their horse every day.
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 05:19 PM
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Everyone needs a day off, including horses.

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post #3 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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thats what i told her, but i just wanted to clarify
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 05:45 PM
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I'm ex-military. I've worked every day for 6 months straight before, so I figure my horses can too. However, my BUTT doesn't want to ride a horse 182 days in a row, so they all get spoiled.

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 05:49 PM
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I've worked every day for 6 months straight before.
So what? I work every day too, but it's my choice to keep horses, dogs, cats and chickens at home. Not giving an animal a well deserved day off simply because YOU have to work every day is moronic. Seriously BSMS, you volunteered for the military; animals have no such luxuries.
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Horses should be able to do as much work as you ask for as long as you ask it - but make sure that the horse has enough time in the day to relax and calm down. And make sure you don't over-work your horse in one day. Just because they are able to, doesn't mean they should.

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post #7 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 05:53 PM
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We have TOO MANY sedentary horses, and not enough well oiled riding partners. I don't think that the OP's friend is muscled enough to override her horse.
IF you have a coterie of friends constantly racing your horse, then, that's too much and out of balance.
Just you and just your horse is why we ride. Enjoy.
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post #8 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 06:00 PM
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So what? I work every day too, but it's my choice to keep horses, dogs, cats and chickens at home. Not giving an animal a well deserved day off simply because YOU have to work every day is moronic. Seriously BSMS, you volunteered for the military; animals have no such luxuries.
Why does a horse need a day off? Does it need to do laundry, or go fly fishing? Do they need to catch up on their reading, or need to take the family somewhere? Maybe they need some time to do corral repairs? YGBSM!

If I rode my horses 20+ miles/day, it would be different. But a recreational horse ought to be able to be ridden daily, and probably would be better off for it.

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post #9 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 06:33 PM
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Depends on the horse, its level of fitness, and the type of riding.

Most any horse would be mentally and physically OK doing a 20-30 minute walk/trot every day, but serious schooling every day can be very taxing and you often end up with an unhappy horse even if they're physically fit enough for it. It's best to vary things up and have some days off here and there.
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post #10 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 06:37 PM
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IMHO, it greatly depends on what kind of riding you're doing. If you're talking 30-45 minutes of schooling or an easy 1-2 hour trail ride, then there is absolutely no reason why she can't ride every day.

However, if she's riding for hours and hours a day or doing a lot of really tiring/stressful work, then I'd give them at least 1 day off a week. More if they seemed like they were starting to drag.

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