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    01-07-2013, 09:16 AM
Green Broke
Depends on what you are doing during "on". Although generally I don't give much credence to "rule of thumb". As they tend to get repeated like they are the gospel, with no thought or further research. In the endurance world its one day per 10 miles. IE you do a 50 mile ride the horse gets 5 days off. The logic on this did break down for me though. As the arguments for it tend to involve mutually exclusive opinions.
IE a horse NEEDS, 5 days off after doing a 50,,,
But these same people do 3 day 50's... IE ride 50 a day for 3 days. Which leads me to believe the horse must not have really needed the 5 days off.
But looking at actual data, I went back a few years on a couple rides and see a marked trends that people that do multi day rides tend to have rather drastic fall off in performance on the second day. So obviously there is a needed recoverytime. Maybe one day I will try to come up with a data base and see if it really pans out that way. All in all IMO, if your horse is only getting a hour of two of arena work, you could do that everyday, but its not goona turn into a lazy slob if you give it weekends off.
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    01-07-2013, 09:19 AM
Originally Posted by Missy May    
They get all cold days off! :)
LOL! Mine get very hot+humid days off, rain/snow, very strong wind. As for cold days depending on "how cold".
    01-07-2013, 09:57 AM
Well until September my horse had 1 day a week totally off of work. From Sept to December he would get anywhere from 1-6 depending on school. For this in between term he's getting 5 days because I have 4 hours of class 4 days a week and one night of dance. At the end of the month, spring term starts and my schedule changes all over again, hopefully allowing for at least 3 days a week of work.
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    01-07-2013, 10:59 AM
Green Broke
At the moment we are lucky to ride 2 times a week. Has been raining cats and dogs. Am hoping it will break and I can ride after work today. I am lucky with Hunter that even at 4 and a half he can go for weeks without being ridden and not be crazy. Can't wait for spring and summer, now that we are at a new barn with tons of trails and so close to my house I will be riding a lot more!
    01-07-2013, 11:00 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
LOL! Mine get very hot+humid days off, rain/snow, very strong wind. As for cold days depending on "how cold".
haha, "cold" is a relative thing.

I'd love to have a temp controlled arena and not have to consider the weather. I always think of this when I am forced to go to walmart....what a great "arena" one of those superstores would make!! :) Gut it, load in a few feet of sand....and wow! What fun!
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    01-07-2013, 03:47 PM
Mine gets 1 or 2 days off a week. He gets lunged 3 or 4 times a week for 20 mins followed by 30 mins of schooling, and he gets two 2hour long hacks a week which are currently mostly walking with bursts of trotting (all hilly). It's difficult because the nights are dark, so building fitness is hard - and with all the thick ice and then flooding we had last month there was a solid week where there was 3ft of water between me and my horse.... not conducive to prep for next summer's show season!

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