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post #1 of 11 Old 09-21-2008, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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How many days a week should a horse work?

Ok, my horse is a 9 yr old OTTB and I am working with her over fences but she is still very green. This is our current work schedual, let me know what you think of it and any ideas for improvements.

Mondays: Mostly flat work (transitions, circles, ect.) and a little bit of jumping (small Xs and the like) about 30 mins, mostly trot/canter work. Then about 20 minutes mostly troting while I work w/o my stirrups.

Tuesdays: About 20 minutes either bareback or no stirrups, flat only.

Wednesdays: Same as Monday

Thursday: Rest Day (still gets groomed and loved on though)

Friday: Lesson day, lots of jumping or intense flat work. 1 hour.

Saturday: Either a 1 1/2 hour trail ride (hill work, w/t/c/g) or another lesson.

Sunday: Rest Day
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-21-2008, 10:23 AM
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normally I'd go up to see my horse 4 times a day and give him 3 days of rest......or if he did extremely well I might only go up 3 times a week and give him an extra day off as a reward.

But now because of College, homework, and work, I've only been going up 3 times a week to ride.

Your riding week sounds fine, but how intense is intense for Friday? If it is really intense I would definately give him the day after off, and not even do a trail ride. But that's just me
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-21-2008, 11:18 AM
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so long as they have at least one day a week to rest and recover, I'd say the schedule is fine - I've known saddlebreds and dressage horses alike to work a 6 day work week with one day of rest and be fine with it. Each individual horse needs their own attention, however, and if 6 days on 1 day off works - great. If it has to be every other day working, that's fine too. So long as the horse is happy and wants to work :)

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post #4 of 11 Old 09-22-2008, 01:17 PM
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It really depends on many factors. The horse's age, training level and experience. It also depends what you do with the horse as certain activities or riding excercises are a lot more demanding than others.
I think what you are currently doing is probably ok for your horse tho I don't know that I would do any more than that or have less days off.

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post #5 of 11 Old 09-22-2008, 02:29 PM
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Mine gets 2 days a week off... I ride:

Monday - Flat
Tuesday - Off
Wednsday - Lesson
Thursday - Flat
Friday - Off
Saturday - Flat
Sunday - Flat

He's too young to jump.

If I have a show, then he gets the next day off... like this week I'll ride him Friday Saturday and Sunday then Monday and Tuesdsay he'll be off... Wed will be a lesson again.....

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post #6 of 11 Old 09-22-2008, 02:54 PM
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It really does depend. ;) But on average, I say a about 3-5 days a week. Sometimes less, depending on how hard you are working.

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post #7 of 11 Old 09-22-2008, 03:05 PM
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Your schedule sounds fine. Each horse is different but think about those riders who need their horses for work everyday. Those horses are conditioned to work all day long.

If your horse is maintaining weight, condition, and attitude then you are fine. If there is a problem that is developing then you may want to rethink the schedule. Giving your horse one day off is good. If it is going to be 2 days off then try make them consecutive.

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-22-2008, 04:45 PM
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how old is your horse? I have an TB who is off the track and they start them really young so just keep that in mind ... I ride my mare for 4-5 days a week... and for about 30 min a day and I am going to bump it up to about 40 min a day since she just turned 5 ... just a thought...

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post #9 of 11 Old 09-22-2008, 05:17 PM
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It sounds good to me. ;)

Over the summer I rode my horse Mon-Sat for at least an hour a day (mainly flatwork) and her only day off was Sunday. So it really depends on the horse.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-23-2008, 11:51 AM
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In the Spring, I rode my 7 year old every day after school (so Monday-Friday) for about 40 minutes and alternated between flatwork days and jumping days. In the summer, I rode 6 days a week for about a half hour each time again, going back and forth between jumping and flatwork days. Now that I'm back to school and with a fall sport, I ride 3-4 times a week for an hour. I generally don't give Lena days off for doing well the previous day (unless we went to a show) because if I like what's going on under saddle, I'll just call it a day and end it on a good note.
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