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post #1 of 6 Old 11-28-2007, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Long time not riding

As some of you know it will be 6-8 weeks before I can ride again. Do you think I will need to retrain my horse? She is 7 years old and I have never gone that long without riding her. I have had her for almost 3 years and she has lots of miles on her but she is used to being ridden at least 2-3 times a week. What should I start back doing once I can ride again? I wil probably not leave the round pen (soft landing) for awhile, I know that much


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post #2 of 6 Old 11-28-2007, 08:39 AM
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I'm positive you don't have to. I couldn't ride almost 2 months last winter because of the weather (almost no ground work as well). Both my youngsters remembered everything I taught them when I started again in mid of March. Your horse may be little jumpy at first (if you feed her good lol!), but I'm sure she won't forget.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-28-2007, 12:32 PM
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I'm positive too. Mine had almost 3 months off after my accident, and they were fine when I got back on. Vida will be fine.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-28-2007, 05:40 PM
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I agree with everyone else :) I don't know how it goes over there but where I grew up in south australia, the summers used to get ridiculously hot (up to 48C sometimes) and it most quite normal to rest horses out on a station (australian version of a ranch ;)) or something over the summer months. They were usually not worked at all or if they were, it was for a limited time and everyone came back good as new :)

It does horses good to have a break sometimes and I doubt your girl will forget anything. She's probably thinking she's just on a holiday ;)

For both of you though, start with some lunging for a week or so. It will help get rid of any pent up energy she has and will give you a chance to see how she is going :)

P.s. When I got my tb mare, she hadnt been ridden in around 14 months and after warming up, she was straight on the bit doing all her fancy stuff :)

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-29-2007, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I knew you would make me feel better I was thinking she needed a little groundwork before the "break" to work on her side passes. It would be a good place to start.
Jazzy, I didn't know that's what a station was. I have heard the term but just figured it was like what we call a county or township. Thanks for improving my "Aussie speak"


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post #6 of 6 Old 11-29-2007, 05:31 PM
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Thanks everyone. I knew you would make me feel better I was thinking she needed a little groundwork before the "break" to work on her side passes. It would be a good place to start.
Jazzy, I didn't know that's what a station was. I have heard the term but just figured it was like what we call a county or township. Thanks for improving my "Aussie speak"
lol anytime ;) counties here are called shires ;)

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