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    01-07-2007, 06:12 PM
Re: how long do you work your horse

Originally Posted by brandig
how long do all of you work your horses? Be it round pens or loungeing ground work etc? I have always done about 1 1/2 to 2 hours if I needed to 2 1/2 but that was pushing it. Normally I try abotu an hour and a half with jewels. Is this too long? I have jut had someone tell me that I was going way too lont and to do 15 to 20 minute sessions??
I normaly work my horse for about 45 minutes if she is being good but if she is bad I work her for an hour
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    01-08-2007, 04:35 PM
An article by John Lyons and Keith Hosman

How long should you ride your horse.

A person is able to keep his attention span for about 20 minutes before something else enters his head. The coffee pot he left on will come flying into his head. A saddle sore, his wife, something. So the best amount of time to ride a horse is for about 20 minutes, then give yourself a 10 or 15 minute break and ride for 20 minutes again. If you know you're going to work for 20 minutes, then you can focus and stay working hard for 20 minutes. But during that twenty minutes, you want to make something better. Ask yourself "What can I make better?" Find one thing and work to make it better.

The key to training is to find improvement in what you're doing. That's what keeps you going, what keeps you wanting more. You should never be satisfied with what you've got or what you've done. "Satisfied" is another word for "content" and that's another word for "quitting." Then you can't go any farther. So never be satisfied and you'll find that there's always more to it, there's always more to want.

Always raise your expectations. The whole time you're riding, you need to be looking for the moment when you can begin asking for more. You're looking for something to make better. Not everything, just something. Say you're starting off and you're just kind of moving around. You're just out there changing directions. You don't care how it looks; you're just changing directions. After awhile you should begin staying in one direction till you see the nose start to go down, or you feel it start to soften up. Then build on that. Always ask for something to get better. Either he stays going the same speed, or his nose stays bent to the inside, or he softens up… something has got to get better. Stay there holding your horse until something improves, then release him and change directions.

The more the horse has to think about, the more chance the horse has to think, like trying to get to the other horse or trying to get out the gate or thinking about that back. The more you give him to think about, the less choices he has so give them something else to think about. Pick up speed, slow down, change directions. Soften his nose up, drops his ears, raise his ears, change direction, break at the poll.
    01-15-2007, 12:08 AM
The amount of time I ride my horses depends on how fit they are and what I'm trying to work on with them that day. My two main rodeo horses, whom I ride everyday and are in very good condition, normally get rode 2 hours in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. For my other horses, who aren't normal rodeo horses so they aren't competed on as much, get rode 1 1/2 hours in the afternoons.
    01-15-2007, 02:29 AM
I usually ride for an hour to two hours, or somewhere inbetween.
    01-23-2007, 09:51 PM
I ride anywhere from 2 to 4 hours but I do endurance on them so we cover a lot of distance in training and when they are in full work they only get ridden every second day or so.
In one training ride we can go anywhere from 10km to 20km and then usually once a week we do 30km or 40km.

All this riding is done on different trails so it doesn't get boring for the horses.
    01-23-2007, 10:39 PM
I work with Raini on the ground for up to an hour and a half sometimes longer. I usually ride her for about 30 minutes to an hour. I usually school horses for about 30 minutes depending.
    01-24-2007, 08:33 PM
Jeeze some of you must have some serious thigh muscles to train for 2 1/2 hours. I can't even imagine schooling a horse for that long. When I'm starting the babies I work them for 15-25 minutes depending on the horse and what I'm trying to accomplish. I don't like to "finish" horses for other people (people are too darn picky) but with my own horses I don't usually ride for more than an hour. Seems to me that longer than that starts to be counter productive but that's my opinion and my experience. If it works for other people then good for you. Now being up in the mountains or doing endurance I can totally see being out all day on a horse that can handle it. What kind of day could be better, really? Course being pregnant now I don't ride at all and I'm about to lose my mind.
    02-14-2007, 05:53 PM

Wow, what type of riding do you guys do?? I ride hunter/jumpers....and most of my schooling sessions are a max of 45 minutes. If I'm jumping with another rider, and my horse is getting breaks in between, jumping sessions may be an hour or more. Conditioning hacks on the trail I'll usually be out for 1 1/2 hours depending on the weather and my horse's condition. I also have days where I'll hop on for 15 or 20 minutes and if the horse is responsive and working well for me, I'll finish there. Young horses I keep it really short, 20 minutes of riding max. All my horses are happy and in great condition with this regimen!
    02-15-2007, 07:42 AM
I do whatever I have time for. I work full time and have 3 horses, one is only siutable for very light work. I usually don't start work till about 2pm but go till about 1am. Somedays though I have so much to do like paying bills,appointments and groceries etc that I just feed them and shoot to work. I try to ride my young ones 4 days a week, usually about 20mins of either flatwork or roadriding, weather permitting of course. Sunday is the big day when me and a few of my friends go hacking around the mountain, another friend rides my other young one and sometimes we are up there for 2-5hrs.
    02-17-2007, 12:35 AM
About 1 hour for each horse, every evening, it's kinda like a habit, that I never really break, I like it though!

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