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    10-27-2013, 01:38 PM
  #11
Yearling
Diddly gets Monday's off. He doesn't work very hard, and I've never seen any reason to give weeks or months off. Maybe when we are doing high class eventing, I might possibly give him some time off when the season is finished, but only 2 or so weeks.
     
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    10-27-2013, 01:39 PM
  #12
Yearling
In my case I give at least a day off each week thought the day tends to change. For me it is a necessity for not more than that as the horse, sweet as he is, can become what a fellow rider calls a fire breathing dragon. Granted a quick 10 min lunge douses that fire to a more manageable, let's just call it better attention, level. My horse picks things up very quickly and while we aren't doing trails as yet, I do modify the training to get in some change of pace and keep things interesting so he isn't always "training" per se.

There are also days where I just flat out do not feel like making the drive to the barn and have found on those days it is better to let him have his turnout time and just to interact as a normal horse.
     
    10-28-2013, 03:04 PM
  #13
Foal
My horses don't get a vacation. They are used to work nearly every day. Every once in a while they will get a day or so off, sometimes more, if I have a young or different horse to ride that day. It doesn't bother them because they are used to the work and the schedule. This last spring I was away from home for about 2 weeks. When I came back, the horses were more than ready to go back to work.

The time that I like some time off for them is with my young horses. They are typically started as 2 year olds in the fall when the weather cools off. They get about 45-60 days riding, then are turned until March or April or so. Then as three year olds they seem to be a lot more willing, learn quickly, and start to really love to work. Those few months gives them time to mature physically and mentally, and finish 'growing up' out of that gangly teenager stage.
     
    10-28-2013, 03:19 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I ride my horse 3-4 times a week, no matter what time of year it is. I vary it up with dressage, jumping, trail riding, or just riding around bareback for fun, so it's not always "work." The way I see it, I'm only taking an hour or two of his time each time I'm there and he has the other 22 hours of that day to do as he pleases. Giving the whole winter off (or even just a month or two) seems unnecessary (as it doesn't get super cold here, and we have a covered arena) and means that he'd have to be brought back up to condition after his "vacation" was over.
     
    10-28-2013, 03:42 PM
  #15
Showing
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Originally Posted by KayceeJo    
This last spring I was away from home for about 2 weeks. When I came back, the horses were more than ready to go back to work.
LOL, this makes me think of all those folks who feel sorry for horses on ranches or feedlots that have a job to do every day all day long. Folks get all "OMG, the poor horsies having to work I'm sure they get so tired and must absolutely hate it, I bet they'd be happier turned out to relax".

When my brother was working in a feedlot, I went up and worked with him a few times. When he walked into the pen with a halter in the morning, he had to nearly fight the horses off because they were all trying to put their heads in the halter and he had trouble getting to the one he wanted LOL.

When I was doing a lot of daywork at a local feedlot, I was mostly using a little pony that belonged to a customer because he needed the work. When I first started working with him, I had to rope him to catch him and he tolerated, but disliked, my presence. He was a b***h to load in a trailer and had the typical sour pony-tude. After a couple of weeks of working at the 'lot almost every day, he would walk up to me and halter himself in the morning, hop right in the trailer, and would seek me out whenever I was close by. His attitude did a complete 180 after he was given a job. He was always happy to be caught and get going, head up, ears forward. If horses could smile, he would have been grinning all the time.
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    10-28-2013, 04:24 PM
  #16
Weanling
Agree with Verona, my horse gets 22.5 hours off every day to eat and sleep in her stall, and spend the daylight hours out in a decent size pasture with her buddies. Meanwhile, I work 40 hours a week every week to keep her in hay and pretty blankets. She can deal.

I try to ride atleast 5 days a week. I feel that the consistency of the routine makes her comfortable, and its a lot more fair to her if I ride her all the time and ask for little improvements each ride, rather than riding her once or twice a week and getting a two steps back, one step forward result.
     
    10-28-2013, 04:38 PM
  #17
Yearling
The training horses get at least one day off a week where I work, and during the winter they're not worked unless it's exeptionally nice (meaning no ice which is rare). The day off is less for them and more for the people working with them! My horses get maybe a day off a week and during the winter it's a lot more days off. The show horses there get their down time immediately after their last show when they're thrown into the big field for a 'cool down' time. If they're brought up to be ridden it's just for pleasure. I think having a day off, or time to just relax and enjoy the ride keeps them (and me) from stressing out too much! And it let's them be a horse.
     
    10-28-2013, 05:25 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I ride as much as winter will allow me. If it is icy and unsafe, I usually don't ride. (I don't have an indoor.)

I will ride in the dark sometimes, but those rides are short and close to home on familiar ground.

So if the weather and daylight hours didn't get in the way, my horses probably wouldn't get much of a break. Usually, they don't really need it.
     
    10-29-2013, 10:27 AM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
After a couple of weeks of working at the 'lot almost every day, he would walk up to me and halter himself in the morning, hop right in the trailer, and would seek me out whenever I was close by. His attitude did a complete 180 after he was given a job. He was always happy to be caught and get going, head up, ears forward. If horses could smile, he would have been grinning all the time.

I couldn't agree more. They really do well when they have a job.
     
    10-29-2013, 11:11 AM
  #20
Yearling
Mine get a break in the summer. Its just too **** hot to do much, so for 4-6 weeks, they get turned out with the cows.

Otherwise, they get a day or two off a week. Theres just not enough hours in a day for me to do lessons, training and ride both my horses every day.

Annie loves vacation, doesnt want to be caught when its time to come in. Toby however, misses the attention I think. Goofballs.
     

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