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    04-09-2010, 11:18 AM
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Foal
Opinions please... start again after winterbreak

My horse now is 6 years old.
I started her when she was 2,5 years but just for about half a year. Afterwards I hadn't had that much time so since now she wasn't ridden that much. Lets say about 2 times a week, sometimes more, often less.
That also was because she was young and I didn't want to do too much with her.
But now she's 6 years old. I have more time now and I also have a person who rides her 2 times a week and pays for that (forgot how you call this in english). You call it "Reitbeteiligung" in german so I'll use this word.
The "problem" now is, that my "Reitbeteiligung" rides everyday she has my horse that means 2 days a week she is definitively ridden.
She rides about half an hour to an hour and that in walk, trott and canter.

Because my horse isnt trained, she always is sweatened after riding.

So what do you think how much should and can I do with her?

(My "RB" comes Wednesday and Saturday.)
     
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    04-11-2010, 02:47 PM
  #2
Foal
No one?
     
    04-14-2010, 10:29 AM
  #3
Foal
delete

So if nobody answers, this could be deleted...
     
    04-14-2010, 10:44 AM
  #4
Super Moderator
What are you concerned about? Her being sweaty?
I wouldn't worry about her being pretty sweaty, I mean, she's young and probably not very fit. As long as she's not completely exhausted after every ride I'd think it was probably ok.
Maybe you're wondering if it's ok for you to work her as well since she's getting worked hard 2 days a week? If that's the case, she should be ok for you to ride on other days of the week... I don't think I'd ride her on the days the RB (maybe this person is half-leasing your horse?) comes but other than that it should be fine.

Hopefully I figured that out right. :) Sorry that you didn't get any responses earlier! I hate it when that happens to me!
     
    04-14-2010, 10:56 AM
  #5
Banned
Sorry, did not see this before now.

I believe the term you are looking for is lease. You have someone leasing your horse.

I think the amount of work you describe your leaser doing is fine even if it was done every day. Your horse is mature and doing more work will get your horse back into shape.

Even fit horses sweat at times when they are worked.
     
    04-15-2010, 01:44 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Wallaby    
What are you concerned about? Her being sweaty?
I wouldn't worry about her being pretty sweaty, I mean, she's young and probably not very fit. As long as she's not completely exhausted after every ride I'd think it was probably ok.
Maybe you're wondering if it's ok for you to work her as well since she's getting worked hard 2 days a week? If that's the case, she should be ok for you to ride on other days of the week... I don't think I'd ride her on the days the RB (maybe this person is half-leasing your horse?) comes but other than that it should be fine.

Hopefully I figured that out right. :) Sorry that you didn't get any responses earlier! I hate it when that happens to me!
Thanks for your answers =)

It's just because it is still very cold here in Germany at the moment and she still has her "winterhair" and I don't want her to get a cold.
I don't want to rider her the days my RB rides her, I'd never do this.
It was more meant to the days when my RB isnt there. And because she had a little cold the last days, she had "cough"?
And I have the feeling that she don't get mussels but more looses some. And she was very lethargic on monday and didnt really want to walk and very "in high spirits" yesterday.
So the total opposite.
And that's why I was wondering if something isnt okay with her and if I overwork her.
     
    04-15-2010, 01:51 PM
  #7
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It most certainly does not sound like she is overworked at all.

If it is cold and she is sweaty after a ride just be sure she is good and dry before putting her away. Do you have a cooler? That helps wick the moisture off. Or maybe you could body clip her.
     
    04-15-2010, 01:53 PM
  #8
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I think she'll be fine. The more often you work with her, the more fit she'll become, so she'll sweat about the same, but she'll seem less tired.

As long as she's cooled down properly and not just thrown back into her stall sweaty with no blanket, she should not get sick. She could have been coughing because of the dry air (Like people, horses get runny noses when it gets cold. If the snot is green or yellow, then she is sick. Otherwise its nothing).

An hour of w/t/c is nothing. I'm sure she'd be fine if you rode her on the days that your RB did not come out, and if you want to ride even after your RB, you could probably do that too. She's young, she can handle a little bit more work than an older horse would be able to.
     
    04-18-2010, 01:58 PM
  #9
Foal
Even if she has a cold and coughs?
     
    04-18-2010, 10:11 PM
  #10
Started
It is fine she is sweating half the time im done with my ride my horse is sweaty! But your "Reitbeteiligung" may be doing things wrong - not warming up/cooling down going to quickly, etc. I would really want to watch your "Reitbeteiligung" ride!! Also, don't tell him/her you are coming (they wont do what they usually do) just show up. After all its your horse!! Also after a lesson you did not watch feel your horses chest, is it hot? If IT IS THEY ARE NOT COOLING DOWN ENOUGH!! YOU MUST GET ANOTHER " Reitbeteiligung " Immediately BEFORE YOUR HORSE GETS HURT!
     

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