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        02-17-2007, 12:02 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    I try to make sure I brush Rose and Gypsy every evening if I can and I spend about and hour or so just grooming them. It's been to cold for anything else lately.
         
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        02-19-2007, 08:06 PM
      #22
    Foal
    how long do you work your horse

    I'm so glad i'm not overdoing it with her!! Thanks guy for the input!!
         
        02-20-2007, 09:31 AM
      #23
    Foal
    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.
         
        02-20-2007, 10:17 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Are you talking about riding in general or training?

    The 5 year old I'm training...I'll ride her for a max of about an hour and a half, minimun, about a half an hour. I ride her about once or twice a week.

    As for the other horses... how much riding I do on them varies with the seasons.
    In the Winter/Autumn, I try to ride every weekend for about 5 to 7 hours and after school until dark.
    In the Spring/Summer I ride every weekend and almost every day during summer break about 7 to 12 hours and during school, until; it gets dark (between 3 and 6 hours).

    As for how many miles I put on the horses, what gaits, and where I ride... I trailride, ride on the sides of the roads, up and down mountains and hills... valleys, etc...everywhere I can get the horse to fit is where I ride. Walk, trot, canter, gallop, and full out run. There are times when I trot for about a good three-to-five miles or so... I put probably over 400 miles on the horses every week in the summer, and probably over 150 miles every weekend.
         
        03-06-2007, 04:36 PM
      #25
    Foal
    How long do you work your horse?

    Depends on your horse, his/her condition, and what you're doing with him/her. Endurance riders have 12 hours to complete 50 miles and 24 hours to complete a 100 miles.
         
        03-26-2007, 12:36 AM
      #26
    Foal
    YOU SHOULD SERIOUSLY CUT YOUR SESSIONS DOWN TO ABOUT 25 TO30 MINS. YOUNG HORSES DO NOT HAVE A VERY LONG ATTENTION SPAN YOU WILL BLOW THERE MIND IF YOU ASK TO MUCH. IF THE HORSE DOES GOOD RIGHT AWAY DO ABOUT FIVE TO TEN MORE MINUTES IF HE IS FRUSTRATED JUST STOP AND START AGAIN THE NEXT DAY BUT IF HE IS JUST BEING RUDE THEN YOU SHOULD WORK HIM UNTIL HE UNDERSTANDS THAT YOU ARE THE BOSE AND HE IS THE EMPLOYEE. I HOPE I HELPED. 8) I AM GOING THROUGH THE SAMETHING WITH MY COLT AND MY MOM IS HELPING ME AND SHE IS A REALLY GOOD TRAINER AND SHE TOLD ME THAT, I HAVE ALSO HAD SEVERAL OTHER TRAINERS TELL ME THAT. - SPOILEDROTTENPENNER
         
        03-26-2007, 02:37 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Monday: schooling in the rubber menage for about 24 minutes.
    Tuesday: ride in the rubber menage for an hour in a lesson, and then a 45 minute lesson with a different instructor in the evening.
    Wednesday: day of,but sometimes 30 minutes intense training
    Thursday: jumping for an hour in a lesson
    Friday: maybe an hour jump.or might ride after work in the rubber menage.or a dressage show in the summer time once a month.
    Saturday:day off normally,but if I do ride 20 minutes intense riding in the rubber menage.
    Sunday:either a lesson for half hour,a hack for 2-3 hours,or a show either cross country or show jumping or dressage.
         
        03-26-2007, 03:32 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Yeh, I think 2 hours is a bit much, but People say that that your horse should be schooled for up to an hour for it to make a difference. Try to cut it down...............................xx
         
        03-26-2007, 04:58 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    Schooling for two hours is fine IF the horse is in good condition and the rider knows the horse's limits. I don't know where people adopted the ride for one hour deal. I think it's a bit silly. Not all horses require the same things.
         
        03-26-2007, 05:34 PM
      #30
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kristy
    Schooling for two hours is fine IF the horse is in good condition and the rider knows the horse's limits. I don't know where people adopted the ride for one hour deal. I think it's a bit silly. Not all horses require the same things.
    sorry, I meant that the horse should be worked for aleast 1 hour for it to burn fat and get the muscles working properly, more than an hour is fine if the horse is fit enough, only the rider would know how fit their horse is..........x
         

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