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        01-06-2013, 06:24 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    None all the way to a week. Depends on the weather. I don't have an indoor so if it's below 0 we don't ride. But in the summer if it's over 90 we don't ride either.
         
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        01-06-2013, 11:31 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Zoey gets 3-4 days of hard work then one or two days of ether trail riding or whatever I feel like. But if she does really well in our hard work I give her the next day to relax and chill. It seems to be a very happy agreement we have.
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        01-06-2013, 11:36 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I have one gelding who I'm trying to work into shape. Our work is mostly arena flatwork (sometimes barrels, obstacles, etc) and trails. So lately, my horse gets one day completely off and one easy peasy work day (just to stretch out), which is a short amount of time doing walk-trot in the round pen followed by bareback/halter walk trot in the arena or ground stretches/games. I'm sure this will change as my schedule picks up again. ;)
         
        01-06-2013, 11:37 PM
      #14
    Banned
    2-3 days off depending on my schedule. Currently where I'm at is not ideal, so I feel I absolutely have to be there six days a week....sigh (am working on moving soon....) usually ride four and have a day of let's see how many laps of the arena you can do with your tail up in the air and nostrils the size of sink holes!!!
         
        01-06-2013, 11:38 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    All the bad weather day and some good if I am tired have, to work :)
         
        01-06-2013, 11:46 PM
      #16
    Trained
    My PSG horse gets no days "off". He has a varied work schedule and gets worked or at least handwalked up to twice a day. He will get a light ride, or a hack out in the fields, not arena work every day, but that comprises most of his work.
    Young horses get 1-2 days off a week. If they are outside, if its colder than -20 I won't ride them at all. Consistency is really important, that the level of work isn't too hard and too infrequent. As the horse is fitter, shorter work sessions more often are better than long hard and infrequent rides. Riding too hard for too long and infrequently is asking for injury.
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        01-06-2013, 11:50 PM
      #17
    Trained
    Mine is meant to be in work 6 days/week for 1hr+/session but it doesn't always work out that way. Mondays are his days off.

    My filly gets worked with when I feel like working with her. She's not broke yet. Some days I just bring her in and groom and love on her, then stick her in the round pen to eat her dinner [I have to separate them or they swap feeds, and she's supposed to be getting bute]. Other days I stick a saddle and bridle on her and take her for an in-hand walk out on the roads. And other days yet she just sits in the pasture and gets ignored.

    When she's broke, she'll be going on trail rides [mostly walking, a little trotting] once or twice a week. Most likely Mondays so I don't have to sacrifice any riding time!
         
        01-07-2013, 12:22 AM
      #18
    Trained
    Well, plus 20 is to cold for me! At minus 20 I'd be like one of those standup cardboard posters in the saddle. Whoa, that would be fun, not. On the other hand, 100+ is no problem. When it is nice weather I would say the days between "hard" are easy enough that she doesn't need a full day off - although she gets them often enough b/c things "come up". If all I have time for is 30 minutes in the saddle, then 30 minutes it is...hardly worth tacking up for, but it keeps her "oiled".:) ... but not taxing enough to need to "recover from" and warrant a day off.:)

    I sincerely wish I could handle cold temps b/c there are no bugs and no snakes! Heaven on earth! But I can't handle it at all, so we do ground work on the "warmer cold" days until I can't feel my fingers w gloves on. If it is cold and windy....its just feeding and cleaning for me!
         
        01-07-2013, 05:57 AM
      #19
    Banned
    I don't have a horse now but when I leased a pony for a while I worked him almost everyday. It depended on the weather most days I worked him in the morning before the heat came and in the afternoon when the sun went down. On extremely hot days I lunged him for around 10 minutes then rode him bareback to the creek/dam and let him graze and play in the water all day. Some times though I just couldn't be bothered and let him have a day or two off. But saying that I only used him for pleasure and trail riding. I truly believe though that it depends on the weather and the type of riding you do.
         
        01-07-2013, 08:40 AM
      #20
    Started
    Depends on the weather. Not having an indoor and frozen ground, I only ride 1-2 times a week and that's just 20 min. Walking around so he doesnt turn into a complete wild beast come spring. I'll do a little more if there is fresh snow on the ground. This week is going to be a little warmer; I'm hoping to get ride a bit more.
         

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