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        11-22-2011, 07:25 PM
    Is this a good idea

    OK SO I just had surgery about 2 weeks ago. So I can't ride. My horse has been at he trainer for about 3 months.Hes a 4 year old appy. I wont be able to ride for another 4 weeks. So the trainer decided that shed take my last 2 weeks I have left on training and wait till I can ride and work with him then. That way he will be more ready for me.So he's going to have 4 weeks off. I wish I could afford her to work him longer but I can't. Because of the surgery im out of work too. Do YOU THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA? Please give me your advice I really need it thanks
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        11-22-2011, 07:59 PM
    I think it'll be fine, depending on his personality and energy level. Some horses I know can't be left to sit and be brought back without some spunk. When my colt(now gelding) was two I left him out over the winter to grow up a bit, and brought him back as a three year old. I can let him sit with no work and he wont gove me issues. My mare is the same way. However, I do know horses you can't do this with.
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        11-22-2011, 08:02 PM
    Are you asking should you keep paying her to ride your horse??... don't be leaving yourself short of money.. the horse will be gran, if he's been getting on great maybe a few weeks off wont do him any harm.. or maybe if youv any family or friends that can ride they could give the horse abit of light work for you just to keep him going or even just lunge him... and don't consider riding yourself before your well, not worth it.. I did exactly that and ended up back in hospital!

    Get well soon :)
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        11-22-2011, 08:21 PM
    Thanks he's never been sat aside before that's why im a little concerned. He's been ridden the past year like 4 days a week. He's very smart he will be longed every other day. I just hope he wont forget all the stuff he's learned.
        11-22-2011, 09:34 PM
    Who knows... it might do him some good. He'll be fine, one way or the other I'm sure, but I would ask your trainer to take at least a couple of days with him before you get on him again. Just to get any kinky-finks out of him ;)
        11-22-2011, 09:44 PM
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    When I had my surgery last year-my Doctor was adamant-no riding for 8 weeks! I hated that, but followed his advice & I am fine now & so glad I let everything heal as it should. Your horse should be fine-I understand about the work-money issue-as for my job-if I'm not there, I'm not getting any money, but we do have State Disability & that helped, so you might want to see if that is available in your state.
        11-23-2011, 09:08 AM
    Horses given a break from training often come back better than ever. Just because you can't ride doesn't mean you can't do groundwork in whatever capacity you are allowed to do. Even turning him out and letting him exercise will help keep him fit.
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        11-23-2011, 09:58 AM
    Usually 1 month of ~ 1 week to bring it back. Personally I'd say it's a good idea to hold on 2 more weeks till you can ride. 4 weeks will fly by, I don't ride 2-3 months during a winter. :)
        11-23-2011, 10:26 AM
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    I think it is just fine as long as he is turned out and not stalled. If your trainer has been actually training him and not just relying on wet saddle blankets and miles, he will not forget a thing. [We have turned them out for years and it took one or two rides for them to get right back to where they were.] I sure would not keep him in a small lot or stall during this time off.
        11-23-2011, 12:04 PM
    Thanks everyone you made me feel so much better.

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