When you ride how much time do you spend on warming up?
I walk the horses out, work on flexion and leg pressure/release, trot for about 10 minutes, then I'm doing actual training. Helps prevent injuries on the horses.
How much time do you spend riding?
At least 45 mins, sometimes more if I have light.
How much time do you spend on cooling down?
At least 10 minutes, or until they are breathing regularly and the sweat has gone away.
What kinds of things are you working on?
Anything and everything I can - bombproofing, flexion, leg yielding, ect ect ect
Do you lunge before you ride?
All the time on the younger horses, just to get the first "spurt" out of them. Occassionally on my older mare, just to reinforce groundwork.
How often do you have training sessions (where you are working on specific things)?
90% of the time. The other 10% is trailriding, just relaxing.
Do you work on the same things each time you ride or is it varied?
Depends - if they are having an "off" day on something, we leave it alone until they are feeling more confidnet about it.
How often do you ride just for pleasure?