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post #1 of 5 Old 12-26-2011, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Whats your routine?

For those of you that ride your horse(s) regularly, what do you do each day?

Monday- flat
Tuesday- trail ride
Thursday- flat
Friday- the day off
Saturday- jumping
Sunday- groundwork

I know jumping alot puts alot of stress on the horses joints, so how do you fit it into your "routine"?

I want to start having a "routine" with Lola, and im just curious what you all do with your horses on a weekly basis! :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-26-2011, 11:45 AM
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I don't really have a routine in the winter time. There's another girl leasing my horse for 3 days out of the week, so I only have 4 to work with.
I generally go by this though:

Monday- I'm always the busiest so it's his day off.
Tuesday through Thursday- When he is leased out. She rides him on the flat.
Friday- Is usually our 'hard work day' I'll always ride in a saddle and work on difficult things like flying lead changes, transitions, working on building the right muscles, making a lighter horse (aids wise), etc.
Saturday- If I don't work two shifts I use this as another 'improvement' day. If I do have to work two shifts, I ride bareback for a little bit.
Sunday- Our fun day, when I like to go on trail rides or goof off a little bit.

In the summer I get much more organized and have more time to work with my horse.

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post #3 of 5 Old 12-26-2011, 12:28 PM
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It just kinda depends on my schedual. Romeo gets ridden 4-5 times a week, generally right now it is all arena work IE: Leads, Roll backs, collecting.
But he does get days that we will just go on a trail to get out of the arena and clear our minds.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-18-2012, 02:36 AM
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I don't really have a precise routine during winter, as the chances to have a ride depend on the weather and how it affects the arena, but I see my boy about 5 times a week, and then do whatever is possible - be it groundwork, trails or flatwork. No jumping, though, the terrain is too slippery.

When it is possible to jump, I fit it in between two days of training, for example -

Monday - light flatwork with lots of stretching, possibly bareback, or groundwork
Tuesday - day off
Wednesday - light flatwork, groundwork or trails
Thursday - day off
Friday - flatwork
Saturday - active trails, endurance training
Sunday - jumping

I never leave a day off before or after a jumping session, so that his muscles and joints are already prepared for it during the previous days, and are allowed to prepare themselves for a day off.

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