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post #1 of 2 Old 02-16-2009, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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so i have decided to do Duke of Ed Gold horse riding.
it is a 4 day hike but i was wondering how i would train or get my horse ready for the hike. i don't have a certain amount of time to do it so that could help.
but he doesnt do much at the moment, ridden like 2 a month at the moment but i am going to start ridig him more.

i was wondering how i would go about getting him ready to walk all day and not be sore or agitated? do i start walking him or riding ihm for long periods of time or lunge him for an hour?

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post #2 of 2 Old 02-16-2009, 09:33 AM
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Katie, welcome to the forum!

To take on a long ride you not only need to get your horse ready but you too and your tack.

Your tack first. Your saddle needs to fit perfectly and you need a really good thick pad underneath. What a rider uses for an hour ride may be passable but not for long rides.

You: not only does your horse need to be legged up but you need to be too. It can be a nice comfortable ride for the two of you or pure misery after a couple of hours. That means not only you physically but your boots and jeans too.

Your horse: Build him up slowly, an hour or two for a week building up to 4 or 5 hours without him getting lathered up. How long it takes to get to the 4 or 5 hours is up to you and your horse. Typically, if you are riding 3 or 4 days per week, you should be able to get there in a month or so.

Although I haven't done a long ride in a few years, I used to do them regularly - twice per month in the summer with shorter rides in between.

Riding up and down hills will help you get legged up faster.

Great fun! Hope you enjoy it.

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