10-29-2013, 06:12 PM
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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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