Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
We're just saddle-and-go type pleasure riders so....
When you ride how much time do you spend on warming up?
Typically just 5 mins or about a 1/4 mile at a walk.
How much time do you spend riding?
Anywhere from 30 mins to all day.
How much time do you spend on cooling down?
We always walk the last 1/4 mile back and perhaps 10-15 mins while everyone is getting un-tacked.
What kinds of things are you working on?
Depends on which horse. We do mainly semi-urban and country road/trail blazing riding. For our finished bombproof 14 yr old, just looking for new and exciting places and routes. For our 2 young ones, a mix of strictly 'fun days' of riding and exploring, and 'work days' of continued desensitizing to the chaos in the world and working on each ones needs...narrow, wooden bridges, muddy water, cows, etc. I always have a plan/goal in my mind before starting, but I always stay flexible based on the amount of time, how the horse is doing, how much they've been worked, weather, etc. We always accomplish something and almost end on a 'good note'.
Do you lunge before you ride?
No, we just work out the kinks in the warm up/first 1/4 mile. If the horse is really fresh, we'll do a few circles or such along the way to get the edge off.
How often do you have training sessions (where you are working on specific things)?
As I mentioned above, I always have a plan before I start, but am always flexible. There is a whole world of 'new stuff' every time out.
Do you work on the same things each time you ride or is it varied?
Always varied, though I always at least touch on areas that need work. Riding out in the world, it's easy to work these into the plan without your horse 'knowing it' or getting bored, for example, practicing small jumps on a trail with lots of fallen trees...tends to wind up being 'fun' for the horse instead of 'work'. We both feel good at the end.
How often do you ride just for pleasure?
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.