Too much work for my horse?
I have a 5 year old SWB gelding and I have been setting up his winter schedule with my trainer recently. I am frustrated right now because I can't find any information anywhere about how much work a 5 year old horse should receive. He would be jumping, at maximum, once or twice a week, and some weeks he won't jump at all. He is getting turned out every day as well, but our turn out pen is not very large and in high demand. So this is how it stands so far:
Monday: "stretch out" ride (hand galloping, limited collection) with trainer
Possible dressage ride/bareback work in pm
Tuesday: Cavesson lunging in am with trainer
Wednesday: dressage in am with trainer
Light ride/trail ride in pm (unless I was too busy)
Thursday: light dressage or jumping (jumping is not set yet) in am with trainer
Light ride in pm, again only if I have time as in light homework
Friday: Cavesson lunging or light ride in am with trainer
Saturday: Lesson in am
Sunday: my free day with him. What I do on this day may vary, may have a jump lesson if possible. A very rough estimate:
Dressage in am
Bareback work/trail ride in pm
So what do you think? Right now he is getting less riding than this, but it is almost all training dressage because he has a show next week. Currently, he is showing no signs of fatigue or stress. He will also get a 1-2 week vacation in mid/late October, where all he receives is turn out and pasture and maybe some lunging.
Last edited by roro; 09-04-2009 at 05:05 PM.