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post #1 of 12 Old 10-18-2010, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Train times

I have weekends, Wed. And sometimes Monaday and Friday.
I can't train in the other days.
I train for an 1-3 hours a day.
Is that to much triaing on the horses? I train 3 to keep them in shape, since I don't ride all. I only ride on weekends or shows.
But is 4 days out of seven to much or to little? I don't want to stress the horses out or myself.
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id say 4 days is ok. But if you train for 3 hours give the horse a little rest say every 20 minutes maybe. Or until the horse accomplishes somthing newly taught (get what I mean). I train about the same as you and this is what I do.

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It depends on the horse, it's mentally, physical condition, work load etc... There are so many factors. The easiest way to tell? Listen to your horse. He'll tell you when he's overworked. Are you training each horse for 3 hours straight? What kind of work? Sounds like it might be pretty boring unless you switch it up a lot. Lol I never do over an hour of training, even less on younger/green horses. If I want to continue riding I will go on the trail, or dismount and do some groundwork.
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that's usually what I do. I forgot to add that 2 days is just trail riding and stuff like that. Stops the horse from going sour :P

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Yeah, it is a long time for 'training', but depends on what you're doing, how frequent breaks, what stage of their training you're at, etc. But regarding exercise & keeping them in shape, that's great - the more the better, generally. Taking them out & about, be it walking, riding or 'ponying' would be good for their experiences(training) as well as being more interesting & keeping them physically in shape.
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Little and often is a good rule of thumb to come by - If you train three horses in three hours then that's probably around 45mins a horse which works great. Depending on the intensity or fitness level I have trained for up to 2 hours a day, six days a week.

Northern Lights is right about listening to the horse - Just make sure they're actually tired and not just being lazy!
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She a mare, I'm luunging her for about 25 minutes then giving her a teart if she did good. Then I bush and work with ground rules. Letting me touch her without flipping out on me. She pretty much a green horse, she hates lunging.
Then I'm just working with lunging and ground rules right now.
Last night I work with her a hour on lunging and touching. She use to not be green horse but I got other horse and had to work with them and never got time to work with her.
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I ride about 5 days a week (if possible) but I only ride between 30 minutes to an hour a day. Depending. My riding lessons usually last a couple hours. Somedays I work hard, somedays I don't.

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I ride about 5 days a week (if possible) but I only ride between 30 minutes to an hour a day. Depending. My riding lessons usually last a couple hours. Somedays I work hard, somedays I don't.
Same here it just depends on the day.
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-19-2010, 11:05 PM
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The most important part is you want to use your time efficiently. If my horse does what I ask of him and is showing progress, I may only work him 30 minutes or so. I normally don't "train" longer than an hour but I will go out on the trails and do trot sets and condition. Don't try and cram everything into one session. You want to keep your horses mind fresh and not let her get bored.
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