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post #1 of 26 Old 01-06-2013, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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How many days a week do you give your horse "off"

How many days a week do you give your horse "off"? On their day off you are not working with them in anyway...riding or exercising them...just letting them be horses.

I have an 11 year old green gelding whom I am currently giving the weekends off, not on purpose really, but because I had the flu last weekend and wasn't feeling well enough to go to the barn to work with him. Yesterday (Saturday) I worked until evening, and then had another job right after so I didn't make it out then either. I was planning on going out this morning but was thinking maybe I'll give him the weekends off from now on, and work him hard during the week...He is holding his training well and he didn't put up a fuss or test me when I lunged him after his weekend off.

Just curious how many days off you give your horses, and what kind of work you do with them?
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post #2 of 26 Old 01-06-2013, 10:30 AM
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I do show jumping with mine and he gets 2 days off a week. 1 day of jumping, 4 days of flat work for 30-45 minutes. He was just lame for a month, though, so I'm only riding him w/t for 30 minutes, 3 days a week currently.
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post #3 of 26 Old 01-06-2013, 10:31 AM
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My horses are whatever I need them to be at the moment.

Most days they are trail mounts, but maybe I feel like working on some kind of pattern, or maybe we're going to do ground games, or maybe I got things that need hauled out of the woods (uhg fallen trees!), or I might need a quick ride down to a neighbor, and sometimes even lesson mounts.

They probably never work more than 8 hours a day on the longest rides, but this is all between whenever the weather warms up and right till it starts getting wet and soggy down here in the good ol south

During the "hard working" times of the year, I like the work one day, rest the next, routine with maybe the exception of riding both weekend days if the weather is lovely. It keeps them from burning out and plenty of relaxation and "horse" time. But once the freezing rains come in, they get turned out to pasture with a bale of hay for pretty much the rest of the year. During this period I do ground work exercises to keep me seen as their "alpha" and don't have such a headache when it's time to bring them back in work.

When it's cold outside though I still love to go outside and just hug and brush all over them at least once a day, it's a great joy to just be around such large and amazing creatures... specially the two I love quite a lot :3
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post #4 of 26 Old 01-06-2013, 10:37 AM
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They get all cold days off! :)

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #5 of 26 Old 01-06-2013, 10:40 AM
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I give my horse 2 days off a week. On those 2 days I check on her, but I don't halter her~ just let her be.
We trail ride.
I was riding 5 days a week up until this week when Winter showed up. Ugh! I haven't ridden in 3 days, and next week doesn't look promising either.

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post #6 of 26 Old 01-06-2013, 03:21 PM
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Almost 365 days a year.

No amount of bribery could get me on a horse in the middle of winter. I hate the cold. Hate it.
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post #7 of 26 Old 01-06-2013, 04:49 PM
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About 13 out of 14 sadly.
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post #8 of 26 Old 01-06-2013, 04:55 PM
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During the winter, I am lucky if I get to ride once a week, but I stop by to see her at least 3 times a week.

During the other seasons, I ride about 3 -4 times a week.
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post #9 of 26 Old 01-06-2013, 05:46 PM
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The horses get a day off when it's too cold! In the spring/summer/fall, I ride/do groundwork at least 5-6 days a week, sometimes twice a day. I'd do more if I had the time, too!
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post #10 of 26 Old 01-06-2013, 06:11 PM
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I've been trying to ride my barrel mare one day, pleasure mare the next so they get about every other day off or more depending on the weather but it's time to get back in shape. Right now because it's winter/cold/gross out they are on the every other day schedule. In the summer I'll ride both of them almost everyday, but I make sure they get a day or two off a week with some relaxing rides in between.

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