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    08-22-2011, 08:50 PM
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Weanling
How often should I work my horse?

I recently purchased my 5yo mare from our barn manager. She is a wonderful horse, a tad lazy, and wasn't getting worked much when I got her. I've been doing light round pen sessions with her and/or riding 4-5 days a week. Is this too much you think? We only stay in the round pen for 20ish minutes and if I ride it's less than an hour. I want to ease her back into regular work and don't want to overdo it. She seems to be doing great and isn't showing any signs of being overworked, but what do y'all think?
     
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    08-22-2011, 09:11 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by steedaunh32    
I recently purchased my 5yo mare from our barn manager. She is a wonderful horse, a tad lazy, and wasn't getting worked much when I got her. I've been doing light round pen sessions with her and/or riding 4-5 days a week. Is this too much you think? We only stay in the round pen for 20ish minutes and if I ride it's less than an hour. I want to ease her back into regular work and don't want to overdo it. She seems to be doing great and isn't showing any signs of being overworked, but what do y'all think?
Doesn't seem like she is being overworked to me at all. But honestly YOU are the one who needs to determine that, because you can see if she is becoming sour, or is sweating up a storm, or gets sore, or any of that. 20 minutes is not that much time, but I guess it depends on how fast you are making her move and how hard you are pushing her. If she doesn't seem lathered, or sore, and she is learning and responding, then I'd think you're okay. Just always pay attention to what your horse is telling you, and keep an eye on the temp outside. A horse can be overworked fairly easily in a round pen when its really really hot out. I think it is more important to be sure she is getting proper nutrition and water intake for the amount of work you are making her do. If you have any doubts about it, talk to an experienced horse person who can help you monitor her as you are working her.
     

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