Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Adirondacks, NY
• Horses: 0
When a new horse has to be conditioned, I only ride for a half hour, keeping it an easy ride. As time goes by, I make the ride a little harder, doing more trotting and up to a gallop, but keeping my time the same....as he gets into shape, I add more time to the ride gradually. This seems to work really well at getting them into shape.
Lunging, for a horse that need to get into shape, I do about 15 minutes, but sometimes that has to go longer because you can't end on a bad note, so once I get what I want, I let them stop.
With Ella, since she is in shape, I ride her anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours....depends on the day and her behavior. Some days are so much nicer for a ride!
When I lunge her, I only do about 10-15 minutes. She doesn't need a lot of time on the lunge, and I don't do it often with her at all. I tend to keep it as a back up for needed respect, if she shows a sign of losing it during a ride.