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What's Your Daily Riding Routine?

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        11-25-2012, 12:37 AM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by G8tdh0rse    
    I do a quick review of what the horse already knows. Ground work first, usually things like yeilding the HQ, backing, yeilding the FQ then I do some sending and circle on the long line, with turns, stops and changes of speed. I can see how he moves, what kind of mood he is in and check for any lameness.
    If all is well, I mount up and start off slow, walking, stopping, backing, a little more speed, such as a fast walk or slow trot/gait, and several changes of direction. If the horse knows sidepassing, yeilding FQ or HQ under saddle, I do a bit of that. In general it is just a quick review of things the horse already knows.
    After we work through that, I move on to the newer stuff I am working on with that horse. After lessons we, just do a nice relaxed walk out. Then I tie the horse up for about 30 minutes and let him think about his lesson before I unsaddle him. I am aiming for a calm relaxed, happy horse that enjoys lesson time. Not one that is anxious, frightened or angry.
    I have no time limits. Some days when things are going well we have a longer lesson and on other days, when things are not so good such as when wind is howling, the neighbors dog barking, the tractor is cleaning out the barn, etc. I can tell my horse is having a hard time focusing on the lesson and I make the lesson easier and shorter.
    I have often wondered about this. Does it really help?? I also was wondering if it would help to give them a day off in between?? Any thoughts on that?
         
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        11-25-2012, 12:45 AM
      #22
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by nvr2many    
    I have often wondered about this. Does it really help?? I also was wondering if it would help to give them a day off in between?? Any thoughts on that?
    There are days when I take a day off of riding, but I will still do some groundwork, or groom or just hang out with my horse. So yes, I suppose you could take a day off of riding but you can still do groundwork and such.

    As for tying them up for 30 mins.... I for one have never done that because the horse(or at least my horse) can't be left alone for 2 mins without dancing all over the place(the second day I had him he ripped out one of the cross ties, not just the tie itself but the entire board of wood the cross tie was attached to lol). So I cannot say if this works or not.
         
        11-25-2012, 01:14 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Just wondered if it helps things sink in better.
         
        11-25-2012, 01:15 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nvr2many    
    Just wondered if it helps things sink in better.
    It might, I personally haven't tried it. :)
         
        11-25-2012, 09:35 AM
      #25
    Trained
    If your horse doesnt tie well I would do it ! There is no reason that you shouldnt be able to leave him while he's tied.

    My horses can [and have been] left tied for up to 8 hours. They are so patient about it, and then you can trust them to tie well to the trailer as well.
         
        11-25-2012, 09:40 AM
      #26
    Trained
    As for my riding routine, we usually flat/dressage for about 30-40 minutes or else we both get a little sour to it. I start at a loose rein walk, then trot, just working on her moving forward and straight. Then we do some bending at walk at trot and some lateral work. Then we work on collecting the trot and stretching down at the trot. Then we do canter work. Then if she's been good we either are done or go on the trail. Trail riding really keeps us both fresh, we get so bored in the arena !

    On jumping days we usually warm up pretty much the same, loose rein and forward. Then some bending at walk and trot, then canter work and jumping.

    I will occasionally incorporate trot poles and cavaletti into our flat work.

    I always work on forward, then on bending and suppling, then forward again, then suppling again, if that makes sense. I don't want her to get stuck and I always want her to be thinking forward.
         
        11-25-2012, 01:33 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
    as for my riding routine, we usually flat/dressage for about 30-40 minutes or else we both get a little sour to it. I start at a loose rein walk, then trot, just working on her moving forward and straight. Then we do some bending at walk at trot and some lateral work. Then we work on collecting the trot and stretching down at the trot. Then we do canter work. Then if she's been good we either are done or go on the trail. Trail riding really keeps us both fresh, we get so bored in the arena !

    On jumping days we usually warm up pretty much the same, loose rein and forward. Then some bending at walk and trot, then canter work and jumping.

    I will occasionally incorporate trot poles and cavaletti into our flat work.

    I always work on forward, then on bending and suppling, then forward again, then suppling again, if that makes sense. I don't want her to get stuck and I always want her to be thinking forward.
    Cool! I have always loved your horse Scout!! Thanx for contributing to this thread!!
         
        11-25-2012, 01:38 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
    if your horse doesnt tie well I would do it ! There is no reason that you shouldnt be able to leave him while he's tied.

    My horses can [and have been] left tied for up to 8 hours. They are so patient about it, and then you can trust them to tie well to the trailer as well.
    So I do I train him to do it? All he does is dance around, do I just let him do that until he settles down?
         
        11-25-2012, 01:53 PM
      #29
    Trained
    Yep that's exactly what I would do. Once he stands calmly for a while he can be untied.
         
        11-25-2012, 02:07 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    Oh ok thanx gypsy
         

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