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post #1 of 26 Old 08-29-2012, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
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How often do does your horse get ridden/exercised?

I'm curious to see how often everyones horse(s) gets ridden or exercised, also what you do with them (eventing,dressage, sh, sj or just general fun :) )

I exercise mine four times a week, and have been told that is not really enough for competing - However he is 14 and has only been brought back into work in the last three months after two years off (before I had him)

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post #2 of 26 Old 08-29-2012, 04:14 AM
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I ride my horse on a hack every day. If I miss a day, she gets a longer hack the next day. Sometimes I take her in the school instead if a hack. She is 7 btw. :)
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post #3 of 26 Old 08-29-2012, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
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What a lucky horse! what kind of hacking do you have available to you? I'd love to go hacking more (I hack out twice a week at the end of the ride) but its road area where I am, forestry runs available but only if it hasn't rained in three or more days!
Beautiful horse by the way :)
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post #4 of 26 Old 08-29-2012, 06:22 AM
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I ride my gelding (15) every day because of health problems and I ride my mare (4) 5-6 days a week. I rode my gelding 5-6 times a week while we were competing in order to keep him in shape. What type of competing do you do?
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post #5 of 26 Old 08-29-2012, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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What health problems?):
Just dressage right now, eventually minor eventing stuff but i'll be riding five days a week for that, rides last an hour or more (not constant pressure work, hacking etc also) For just fun endurance stuff, what would you suggest a good routine would be?
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post #6 of 26 Old 08-29-2012, 06:41 AM
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I ride at least 3 times a week, more if I am preparing for a show. It is hard with college and all at the moment.

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post #7 of 26 Old 08-29-2012, 06:43 AM
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I try to ride/work Alli 6 days a week. Mainly hacking, a bit of lunging or longreining and jumping 1or2 days a week. I sometimes do 2 sessions in a day if there is something I particulally want to work on, and the 2 sessions usually come in the form of lunging/longrein in the morning then hack/jump/school in the afternoon/evening, depend what my target is. She is 7 but has only been backed since last summer so shes doing 4/5yr old stuff

My overall target is simply to get her as responsive to whoa signals as go signals! I have to find a balance between riding her often enough it doesn't over excite her but not getting her so fit she has lots of energy everytime I take her out.

I was hoping to get her to some competitions this summer, just for the experience not to compete, but I have literally only last thursday moved her anywhere in a trailer. I don't have my own trailer so my plans and the neighbours plans have to work for anything to get done. Hopefully I will get her along to a big barn soon to use the arena there and get her used to traveling to new places!

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post #8 of 26 Old 08-29-2012, 09:10 AM
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5-7 days a week

We do all sorts of things from baby dressage schooling, speed bump jumps, obstacles and hacks - usually some combination of all that while on a hack.
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I do arena work 4x a week (1x jumping) and trails to build strength, confidence and stamina 2x a week (we do eventing).
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post #10 of 26 Old 08-29-2012, 10:57 AM
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Wow, where do you all find the time? My horse is in my backyard and I can't get out that often. This week I'm lucky, I'll be out about 3 or 4 times, but the norm is only once or twice a week. Sometimes I miss a week or two as well, especially during my busy season at work.
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