I have actually thought a lot about this lately. I currently ride my horse 5 days a week, and each day we do actual work (none of it is just plodding around the arena mindlessly). However, I probably have him out of his paddock for an hour, maybe 2 at the most. He is turned out for two days, every other two days (the horses are rotated on who gets to be turned out), but on the days he isn't out in pasture I wonder if he gets bored. Sometimes I wonder if he actually WANTS to come out of his paddock and go for a hack around the property, or something. After all, he is in his paddock the other 22-23 hours, who knows how they feel about being in there that long. I might be over thinking it and personifying him to much, but who knows?
So, with that being said, I don't think riding a horse 7 days in a row is necessarily detrimental or harmful to them. Does that mean I think you should ride your horse every day for a year? No, definitely not. But if you happen to ride 14 days in a row, I don't think that is a bad thing. Especially if each of those 14 days isn't a "work" day, but maybe just riding around the property or near by trails (if you're lucky enough to have those, that is
). I know my horse enjoys my company - he gallops up to the gate if he is in pasture and he will occasionally nicker at me when he sees me approaching his paddock - so if they are enjoying it then I don't see a problem with not having a day off in a week. If they are becoming sour, or their overall happiness diminishes, then maybe it is time for a break. It just varies on a horse to horse basis and your friend needs to be able to know her horse well enough and adjust to his needs.
I'm sure there may be others who disagree with me (which is fine!
), but this is just my opinion so I thought I would share :)