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post #11 of 28 Old 08-04-2008, 10:21 PM
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so working her hard then giving her 2 days off after hard work outs is bad???

Not at all. It's much better to give them 2 days off in a row rather then stagger it. If you want to do something with her on the off days, just hand walk her and let her graze or just walk and talk. That makes for a relaxing time and bonding. Just remember that when you are in contact with your horse, you are training so it's a good time to work on ground manners and respect.

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post #12 of 28 Old 08-04-2008, 10:34 PM
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I get off Sonny when he starts to sweat...and when he starts blowing I'll just walk him till he cools down.

It doesn't sound like you are overworking her too much. As long as you give her enough rest time I think your fine.

If I work Sonny hard for a day I usually give him a day off to regain his strength and not to associate me with hard work
Heck we start sweating during the walk to arena...lol... The humidity and dew point have been really high lately and Im drenched just from brushing and saddleing. I will work her and pay more attention to her breathing. I do a night walk cool down out on the quiet rode and then when she is cooled I will rinse her off. I make sure she has enough water as well. I don't feel that you are working your horse too hard,


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ooo okay makes more sense lol
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post #14 of 28 Old 08-04-2008, 10:39 PM
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trust me that's not working him too hard...

My trainer forced me to lope an out of shape horse for 10 minutes straight at high noon (after I had already been riding him for THREE ENTIRE HOURS, riding HARD already) and it was 100 degrees out and like 80% humidity.... sorry, mini rant

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wow that makes me feel soo much better! Thanks lol
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Oh, and I forgot to say, he lived.... he was really really sweaty but he lived... And then he got two days off and then I rode him hard two days... and then we showed... and he lived (he didn't even sweat at the show when it was in the middle of the day and he worked hard :roll: )

So that helps with the break thing too
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post #17 of 28 Old 08-05-2008, 03:33 AM
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Just something else to add, most people have covered the point that it is definitely not too hard...

Some horses may be a little sweatier than others, so if you really want a good indication of being worked hard keep track of their heart rate. My pony Kai sweats on the walk to the arena but Com hardly breaks a sweat on the hottest day of the year after and hour of work! But they both need a good hard workout to get their heart rates up to a good aerobic level.
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post #18 of 28 Old 08-05-2008, 08:28 AM
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I get off Sonny when he starts to sweat...and when he starts blowing I'll just walk him till he cools down.

It doesn't sound like you are overworking her too much. As long as you give her enough rest time I think your fine.

If I work Sonny hard for a day I usually give him a day off to regain his strength and not to associate me with hard work
Heck we start sweating during the walk to arena...lol... The humidity and dew point have been really high lately and Im drenched just from brushing and saddleing. I will work her and pay more attention to her breathing. I do a night walk cool down out on the quiet rode and then when she is cooled I will rinse her off. I make sure she has enough water as well. I don't feel that you are working your horse too hard,
LMAO!!! Blue is sweating before I get the saddle on!!!! The little fattie!

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lol! It takes some time for her to really sweat. Im glad im not working her to hard, kinda got worried because everyone at the barn was like she works so hard or w.e -.- no wonder there horses are wittle fatties :P I think its beause chance is still somewhat underweight.
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horsesareforever, don't worry about what others think, but its great to have this forum to make sure you are doing the right things. I love it! I have found over the years horse people are very opinionated! Every one has a different way of doing things. In my barn my friend and I were considered the "bad ones" because when we trail ride we would go for about 2-3 hours, we would walk, trot and sometimes let the horses gallop for 10 mins or so. (this was in fall and winter, not summer) and everyone at the barn thought we were nuts and did not want to ride with us.

I feel that the horses love to get out on the trail and blow off some steam. I think the people who don't ride their horses (the healthy ones) are really the ones that are hurting their horses. (they are bored just sitting in the pasture all day every day)

As for your work out sounds perfectly reasonable to me as long as the horse gets a day or two off now and then
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