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    01-15-2009, 07:50 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Question Riding schedule?

How often would you recommend riding/exercising a 7-year old green broke mare? She wasn't ridden too much before I got her 9 weeks ago. I have been riding her almost every day, with a day off every 3-4 days.

The rides are in an indoor arena and consist of a whole lot of walking and a little trotting, no cantering yet. Normally lasts for 30-45 mins.

Lately she's started to get kinda "spooky" in the arena, she threw me off once when she bolted and then bucked! The horses have not been turned out in 9 weeks, but I'm out there every day to let her out to at least walk around and then I usually either lunge her or ride her or both.

Do you know it's more likely that I haven't been working her enough, or on the contrary, too much?? How much/how often would you work a 7-yr old green broke horse?
     
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    01-15-2009, 08:44 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I am sure you aren't working her too much. I normally ride green horses 5 or 6 days a week for an hour or more. My advice is to ride her at least 45 minutes to an hour when you ride her. Maybe ride her longer if you can, but if that doesn't work then try riding her more times a week.
     
    01-15-2009, 09:22 PM
  #3
Weanling
When we kept our horses at a boarding facility with inferior fencing we opted for no turn out. Instead we just made sure to go out there when there were not ppl out there, typically late at night or in the morning, and would turn them out in the arena for 30-hr to stretch their legs and play. Then we would work the horses, whether that is undersaddle, groundwork, bitted up on a lunge-line, etc. Then after the ride we would turn them back out for a while. My point in this rambling is maybe if you are able to let her out in an arena for a little while before you get on she will be a bit more cooperative. I think the amount of work you are doing with her is fine, you could probably incorporate more trot work to get more of her energy out.

With a green horse I would def. Include a lot of groundwork, esp. Before you ride.

Hope this helped!
     
    01-16-2009, 07:53 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Thanks! Also another thing...before I got her, she was living outside with a shelter so 24-hr turn out, and eating grass/hay but no grain. Now where I'm boarding her they are feeding her grain along with hay, and no turn out right now as I mentioned (except indoors every now and then if there's not someone riding in the arena -- which there normally is). Do you think part of the "spookiness" lately is because of the grain (along with being cooped up)? I wonder if I should have her eating grain at all, or if yes, whether it should be more than just a handful twice a day?

BTW she was about 150 lbs overweight when I got her...she's lost 50 so far but still has 100 to go. The vet says she's an "easy keeper" for sure!
     
    01-16-2009, 08:09 PM
  #5
Foal
You could see if they can just give her hay, and a little handful of grain, may help with the extra energy, especially if she was used to turn out.
     
    01-16-2009, 08:17 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Thanks abbey that's what I asked the barn manager to do tonight...there is always PLENTY of hay in the stall for her all day/night, but they were giving her 5-6 handfuls of grain on top of it. So I asked them to back it down to just 1 handful for now to see what happens.

On top of it, the vet recommended us backing it down anyway for the next 2 weeks bc the poor little mare had a mass removed from her left side and she's on stall rest for 14 days because the stitches are right behind her left front leg, and the vet says that even WITH stall rest, 30% of horses will tear them!
     
    01-16-2009, 08:23 PM
  #7
Showing
I don't think you're working her too much; esp. Since you do give her days off. :) That's good. When my old horse, Lexi was green (she was when I got her)- it was a lot of work; but I rode her a lot, like you did. Not too much of course, but enough. I think you're doing fine.
     
    01-17-2009, 03:21 AM
  #8
Weanling
I usually ride/drive my green horses 5-6 days a week and then give them a day or two of rest and then go back at it again. I do not alway ride or drive them, I will lunge one day, drive the next, do basic groundwork, switch it up so they do not get bored basically.
     
    01-17-2009, 08:51 AM
  #9
Weanling
You are not working her too hard. I would probably increase her workload once she is healed from her stitches. She should be doing lots of trotting and canter work.

When you say grain, what kind of grain? There is a big difference between sweet feed and a ration balancer. Find out what she is getting fed before making a decision on how much to feed.
     
    01-17-2009, 04:23 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by GottaRide    
You are not working her too hard. I would probably increase her workload once she is healed from her stitches. She should be doing lots of trotting and canter work.

When you say grain, what kind of grain? There is a big difference between sweet feed and a ration balancer. Find out what she is getting fed before making a decision on how much to feed.
The barn manager feeds them Nutrena "Triumph" textured (I assume it's sweet feed since it has molasses in it), but I don't know what protein % it is...I'm going to have to look closer at the bag tomorrow when I go up to the barn. The writing on the bag is gray if that helps, but on Nutrena's website there is no gray bag they are all other colors, so who knows!
     

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