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        10-29-2013, 10:25 AM
      #21
    Showing
    I haven't really before, other than days off during the week or time off while I'm on vacation, but I'm going to rethink that for my filly. I'm going to give her a month off in early 2014 or perhaps even this December. She's been in solid work since June and as a 3 year old who has progressed beyond what I was hoping for, I think she deserves a bit of a cool out.
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        10-29-2013, 01:11 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    We always give our ponies a day off after a show unless we are very very close to a really big show like the RDS. After the show season we give them about a forthnight to a month off depending on how much they have been out. I would give my ponies days off ocasionaly during the winter but not often. However we do not school 24/7 but try to hack the ponies most frequently out 2-3 times a week to keep their minds fresh.
         
        10-29-2013, 01:17 PM
      #23
    Foal
    Mine gets 2 full days a week off.

    I school him 3 times during the week after work for about 40 mins and then saturday and sunday we go hacking and I give him a chance to really stretch his legs with canters, gallops and generally plodding along.
         
        10-29-2013, 01:24 PM
      #24
    Trained
    JDI yes the 3 year olds do need a bit of chillin time. That's for sure.

    After my last competition I give the horses a day or two to hang out, and then they are hacked out quite a bit to maintain fitness while conditioning them to different terrain and strengthening the legs before a long indoor training season. On warm days in winter without ice they are also hacked, but those are few and far between.
    Also in winter they are jumped considerably more to keep their focus and enjoyment. Hopefully soon I will be able to head to warmer pastures for the winter!!
    My horses go 5-7 days a week depending on their age and training. I like to take one day as a hack day one day as a light day and occasionally jump or do x country. In winter I will do 1-2 light days and a jumping or caveletti day weekly.
    Show season is basically split in 3 for us. Feb-May, June and August are when the shows are so training is quite cyclical and it's easy to progress a horse over 2 levels in a season.
    And you can peak a horse so much better that way, rather than one show every 3 weeks. Either 1-2 or 4-6 weeks apart is ideal.
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        10-29-2013, 02:07 PM
      #25
    Showing
    Anebel, what do you do for work and break times for your youngsters?
    I currently have her on a 4-5 day/week schedule with one of those days being a light ride. Up until yesterday (ugh- snow!) I was riding outside and hacking in the hay fields/trails as much as possible.
    Is a month off enough? What does your training/break schedule look like for 3-5 year olds?
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        10-29-2013, 02:20 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    I think it completely depends on the horse, and what sort of riding/training you do. I think that horses in competition should get a day or two (at least) off after a show. It's good for their minds, in my opinion.

    As far as regular riding, my gelding is twenty years old, and so he gets two days off a week. It's just what works best for us and our situation, but every horse and rider combo need different things.
         
        10-29-2013, 06:12 PM
      #27
    Trained
    Personally, I don't even like riding them at 3. Get them going and then turn them out.
    Some people like to ride them at three and I'd say 5 days a week is completely max, 20 minute rides.
    Next year I'd pull her in when it's warm enough and "re start" her with all your ground work, and then get riding. Again, max 5 days a week, max 30 minute rides.
    My biggest thing is they need to be mature enough that the rides aren't just fiddling around doing nothing. The longer there is no pressure on the horse to learn, perform and succeed the bigger the retaliation there will be when you need to put pressure on the horse. This is why there's a misconception that horses are horribly behaved at 5, because that's when the horse is usually finally pressured and so they push back. Every ride needs to have a goal.

    I don't really think the horse needs to be in more than 5 days a week with a random week off thrown in until they are past their fifth B Day. And at 3 I don't think they need more than 30-60 rides.
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        10-29-2013, 07:07 PM
      #28
    Banned
    My horses get one day off that's on sunday that's it its 6 days a week. I find the more ride time the better they get...i train for other people they want their horses riden. So I put in the hours and days and that's 6 days a week. Sometimes it means riding in the rain or this time of year in the cold and snow.
         

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