Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
I started our Ghost at 2 1/2. The first six months, I worked him for an hour or so 4 or 5 days a week. When he learned or understood the cues, we would go out on ride for about 2 hours, maybe 2 or 3 times a week. By the time he was three, We were going on even longer rides, closer to 4 or 5 hours just on the weekends with not much work during the week.
The reason to work them more often when starting them out is to get them to learn. Unless you are planning on doing serious work or hard work, you don't need to work them as often to keep them in shape.
trailhorserider - As I said before, I was riding him long rides at three. You do need to work them up to it. I do agree that out riding a trail is better for them than lunging for a long time, even 10 minutes to me is long.
Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse! Mares RULE! Geldings drool!