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    08-29-2012, 11:03 AM
People ask me that all the time. I work full time, I'm in college (2 online courses), dance with my troupe, go to the gym and am starting to teach Zumba. I still have plenty of time to ride my horse, do my homework and still have leftover time to sit and do nothing at times.
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    08-29-2012, 11:09 AM
Green Broke
Wow I don't know how you do it. I am lucky to ride 2-3 times a week. Barn is 45 mins from work and half an hour from house. Am usually out both days on weekend and once during the week. I wish he was closer so I could ride more often. Have to trailer out to go on trails and have only been out a few times this year so it has been mostly arena riding (boring). Looking at starting some horsie agility though.
    08-29-2012, 11:13 AM
The girls at my barn all ride 5-6 days a week, working on jumping, dressage, and eventing. Then one of those days is just us fooling around riding bareback, or double, sometimes triple on the draft, or just random hacking and stuff :p

At another barn I ride at, we ride once a week, just because the horses are older (22 and 24) and they're just trail horses. It's mainly just for them to get out and exercise a little, they love it!

And Zeak and Bean are now going to be ridden 2-3 times a week, now that the owner and I are able to ride them!
    08-29-2012, 11:15 AM

I ride her on roads atm as she is barefoot but there are lots of forestry paths I will take her on once shoed. Thanks, I love her very much :) I live in devon, uk btw...
    08-29-2012, 11:44 AM
Green Broke
I usually get to ride my one (rideable) horse between 3 to 6 times a week. Most often, it's about 4-5 times a week.

The place where I board takes me 45 minutes round trip to get out there and back. Plus I'm usually at work until about 6 pm and try to cook dinner and spend time with the hubby too. It's hard to juggle it all. It'll only get worse once we have kids.

I primarily do barrel racing so our rides consist of about 4 to 5 miles, and barrel work about 3 times per week. The trail rides are about 1 mile walking to warm up, 1 mile trotting, 1 mile galloping, 1 mile trotting, and finish with 1/2 mile to 1 mile cooling down walking.
    08-29-2012, 11:54 AM
I ride 5 or 6 days a week. 1 day for lessons, 1 day team penning/sorting, 1 day to screw around and take it easy (bareback, hacking, just enjoying each other's company) and the other two I practice for my lesson and do exercises in the arena for cow work. I live 35 minutes one way from the barn, work full time and have kids but it's such a priority to me, I get antsy when I have to go more than one day, and if I miss more than 2 days in a row my horse let's me know he's less than pleased I wasn't there! He quickly forgives me though when we get to work.

Glad to see this post, I was wondering the same thing and if I ride TOO much! He's 17 yrs old, but he absolutely loves to be ridden and work.
    08-29-2012, 03:23 PM
I ride all mine 6-7 days a week I give them a day off after a race. They each get worked and ridden for each an hour. They get long trotted about 4 days of the week and then the other days they get mostly long trotted and either a good breeze or some pattern work. So glad it is cooling off now so I don't have to get up at the buttcrack of dawn before the heat hits :)

They are also getting swam for at least 30 minutes after our ride now.
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    08-29-2012, 03:58 PM
I ride my PSG horse as close to every day as possible, and he gets as much turnout as he can. The more the horse is moving, the more muscle he is building. Think about people with really active jobs and how fit they are, versus those with desk jobs. I like my horse to be active as close to all the time as he can be. 2-3 times a week I focus on "non-dressage" stuff, like going on a hack or trail ride, jumping little jumps, doing trail work and conditioning on different surfaces. This fall once the crops are off I am going to start some more speed work with him to "bump" his cardio and fast twitch muscles before winter training kicks in. In the winter I ride through deep snow to condition him too.
With the baby (5 yrs old, green broke), I am working him up to a similar schedule. Right now he is 5-6 days a week, max 45 minutes per session, and mostly arena work but he is getting fit faster than I thought! So I am probably going to start adding in some cavaletti work right away, too bad he is not quite confident enough to hack out alone yet, so I am still waiting for others to go on a hack!!
    08-29-2012, 05:46 PM
He has weak stifles, so he needs to be worked every day to keep his muscles in shape. If he loses any muscle tone then his ligaments lock over the joint when we are riding and he could blow the joint. For me- my biggest problem is dressage, so I do dressage 2-3 times a week. I jump 2-3 times a week. On the weekends I try to go cross country schooling, but an endurance ride works just the same. Lots of trotting up hills and trot sets. You can't do enough trotting! :)
    08-29-2012, 06:53 PM
Green Broke
Uuuuuum yeah. My horses have been ridden probably 3 times in the last 2 1/2 years.....i was the only one that really worked them when I was that im not...theyre just getting fat.

But when I was home, they got worked 5 days a week in the arena, then a trail ride almost every sat/sun. So unless it was pouring rain, or like 120 outside they got ridden about 6 times a week.

My mares are both retired, so they only got lunged about 2-3 times a week, and maybe had a lesson once a week....or I would get on them bareback if I got done working the boys and everybody else was still riding. Haha

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