Should a horse have a day off?
I just got my horse (no name yet) last Thursday. I have rode him everyday for a week now. We dont do anything intense, just walk, trot,canter around the arena, getting him to bend and circles. No lesson yet. Im wondering if he needs a day off or can he be riden daily?
The owners before me recommended I turn him out before riding so he can get his bucks out, and when I rode him once before I bought him he seemed a lot more hyper. I turned him out the first time before I rode him but havnt since cause he just doesnt need it. Now I just hop on and warm him up. During the warm up he is super slow, can barely keep him in a trot, but once we canter he is ready to go, but not in a hyper way. He is very nice and calm and giving when being riden. But im wondering if they didnt ride him as often as they said and thats why he was hyper before, or if it is because im riding him daily.
Should he have a day off?
Also one quick question. I posted before about him behaving badly being fly sprayed/groomed and tacked up. When I take the advice of others and tap him on the shoulder lightly, or even just go to push him away, he seems to get even more pissed like he might lunge at me. Is this normal? It just makes his behavior esculate.
Thanks for any information!