He's a 5 year old TN Walking Horse, gelding, about 15.2hh, smart, friendly, the works. He's a beautiful mover and he's just the horse we've been looking for.
The downside is that he's coming to me after a 4 month break.
After that long, what do you think would be a reasonable timeframe to have a horse back to where he was before - well mannered under saddle, but inexperienced?
Of course it all depends on the specific horse, and this guy's got a fantastic temperament... I'm thinking about ballpark times, days? Weeks? Months?
On an average day, I'm usually about to spend about (3) 30 minute sessions out with the horses. More when the weather's nice and the days are longer.
I want to find the right balance between giving him plenty of time to remember his ground manners and getting him back into the routine of being ridden regularly.
Or is this the sort of thing that you just know in your gut that they're ready?