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    06-22-2013, 05:07 PM
Originally Posted by WesternRider88    
I try to ride everyday, sometimes it's every other day. Most of the time it's just a short ride for like 30 minutes. But if I go for a really long ride one day, then I give him a break. :)
This is me We normally go around so fast, a hack that would take someone else 45 minutes takes us 20, so I try to have one big (1.5 hours to 2 hours) ride mid week, and another at the weekend to try and keep his energy from boiling over!
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    06-22-2013, 11:08 PM
One time we were out riding for five hours with our neighbors. It's a lot of fun!
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    06-22-2013, 11:08 PM
I ride once or twice a week and rarely ever wear a helmet.
    06-22-2013, 11:42 PM
Wow, haven't been on this thread in awhile.. So sorry to hear about that BB!!

I ride alone every single day.. without a helmet. I don't have anyone to ride with and have never ridden with a helmet, but wouldn't mind having one. I am always out on the "trail" (200 acres) because I don't have an arena. Most of the time nobody is home when I ride, but I always call my mom before I get on and after I'm back in the house. We have it down so well that if I am even five minutes late, she calls to check on me.
    06-23-2013, 04:18 PM
I haven't ridden much lately, but I need to. That's why I asked the question about riding alone. (:

So, when you guys ride, what do you do? Do you have some sort of a routine, or do you try to switch it up everyday?
    06-23-2013, 04:46 PM
Before I ride, I do groundwork. (Longing with lots of direction changes, yielding hindquarters/forequarters, backing, desensitizing, etc.) I just like getting her attention and making sure she's focused on me, especially since I ride alone. If I notice that her mind is wandering, I keep it up until she's focused. Once under saddle, I always start with the same thing: circles in a closed pen. It's been hardwired into my brain from being a barrel racer for so long. I walk/trot/canter both directions, work on myself now that I've been riding english, then hit the trails as long as she's listening. When I say "trails," I really mean 200 acres of pastures, fields, and tanks. That's where we switch it up. Sometimes we go out there for a workout, sometimes we just walk and putz around. It all depends on the day and what I feel like doing, or if we need to work on something like shouldering exercises, leg yields, neck reining, etc. Sorry for the novel. I just like being very cautious before I ride, considering we're out in "the sticks," plus I'm all alone with crappy cell service.
    06-23-2013, 05:05 PM
I'm going to see a Buck Brannaman in July!!! I'm really excited! And I get to go to my cousins house for a week and she's going to teach me how to jump her horse!

I try not to do the same routine everyday with Honey. She starts anticipating me really bad whenever I do the same thing everyday. So I break the routine up a little. And to me it gets boring everyday doing the same routine over and over so I try to switch it up for that reason too. I also try and set a goal everytime I get in the arena on what I really want to work on and how well we can achieve that before I quit her for the day.

Can any of y'all do a flying lead change and do it exactly right? I've tried working on it but just can't get it and plus the arena is too small to have enough room for one.
    06-23-2013, 08:10 PM
It's probably not perfect, but yes, I can do a flying lead change.. (well, obviously, considering I barrel raced haha)
    06-23-2013, 09:43 PM
Well, I spent most of my day taking down the arena I used to ride in and a round pen, moved it across town and set it back up. We put more panels in and hauled in new dirt so now the arena is bigger and has nice dirt! I can't wait to try it out tomorrow!

Maybe I'll be able to get that flying lead change down! I can do a flying lead change, but I'm sure there are mistakes I make and sometimes Honey will get into the wrong lead everyone in a while.
    06-24-2013, 11:48 AM
@ Spiritdancer, I usually do some groundwork, just to get my mare focused on me, then a short ten minute or so warm up in the arena, and either go out in the fields to hack and do the trails, hack down the road, or I just do more arena work and work on circling and rhythm impulsion etc...and her balance, because she's a klutz sometimes hahaha

I can do flying woo! We used to do them in a figure eight, like four of us just following each other around the arena doing flying changes for like twenty minutes every sucked, but we got them down. The only thing to get it right really is just practice practice practice, I still mess up sometimes but i've been doing them for years.

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