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post #11 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 08:24 PM
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I think the answer is complicated...

For me, it would depend on the type of riding done, the physical shape the horse is in, and purpose of the horse.

If, for instance, you are pleasure riding and it is a horse ridden regularly that is in good condition, I see no reason why you *have* to give the horse a day off.
If you're riding a working horse and doing strenuous physical activity, I would say that the smart thing to do is to give the horse (and rider) a day off from "work" every week (or more frequently if needed).

I don't believe there is one correct answer for this, just use of good judgement and a realistic approach to your situation.
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post #12 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 09:14 PM
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As posted, I think it depends on what the riding entails every day. And a day off doesn't have to mean no riding, it can mean a change in pace - instead of hours of schooling or hours of ranch work, it could be a twenty minute walk on an easy trail or around the arena three times. I actually think that is a good idea so the horse doesn't always have to work every time the tack comes out.
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post #13 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 09:27 PM
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It depends.. I prefer to give myself and my horse a day off to just relax and do other stuff.

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post #14 of 15 Old 08-15-2013, 10:00 PM
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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 :)
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-17-2013, 06:05 AM
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A ride every day surely doesn't hurt- especially if your horse is stale kept! Think of riding school horses. They are working all day!
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