01-01-2010, 08:10 PM
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To me, light riding isn't put into how long you ride as much as it is just 'how' you ride.
For example, light riding to me is a variety of things, depending on how and what you work. A fifteen minute/half hour ride that includes a walk, trot, canter, gallop, or run is light to me as long as the horse doesn't work up a sweat. An example I would use if I had to would be my mare and I going on a half hour ride two miles down the road and back, working at a walk, trot, and canter and slow gallop... when we got home, not only was she not sweaty at all, but she wasn't even breathing hard, hence my idea of a 'light ride' for her.
At the same time, an all day/five hour/seven hour/twelve hour, etcetera ride could be considered 'light riding' by me if you stay in a walk/trot and, at the end o the day, the horse isn't sweating badly. An example of this would e when I started my gelding at two years old. We didn't ride very long at first, but we did go on quite a few rides that lasted six plus hours... we only walked with minimal trotting and by the end of the ride, he wasn't tired, he wasn't sweaty, and I csidered what we did to be 'light riding'. Since then, our rides have gotten progressively longer and a bit 'harder', but still what I'd consider 'light', as we haven't got to the point that I consider 'hard/working riding' as he's still young (just a few months shy of four)
Light riding, in my opinion, isn't how long you ride, but how you work the horse.