Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I had an Arabian mare who was broken at 6. I rode her 2-3 times a week after that, and we were both green...very green. But she was a sweet, willing horse. Then I let her sit for a few months, got back on and...she was still a sweet, willing mare who had remembered everything. She had lost some conditioning, but it came back quick enough.
OTOH, I have a spooky mare who really does best ridden daily, if possible. It isn't that she forgets over time, but she is calmer and less spooky with regular riding. In her case, it isn't so much the total time riding as the frequency - better to ride her 15 min 5 times a week than 2 hours once a week. She needs the routine.
So I guess I'm in the 'it depends on the horse' category.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."