02-16-2009, 12:23 PM
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I mix mine up alot. I don't have an indoor so I anytime the weather is good I'm out there riding.
Everytime I lead my horse, I work on ground manners. When he is tied up I make sure he will move off pressure and so on. I usually practice showmanship either before or after I ride as well.
If I havn't ridden in a while or there was a weather change and my horse is feeling frisky, then I will longe him.
I pretty much compete at all events at open shows so I have alot of stuff to practice.
I don't practice speed very much because I don't want my horse to get all hot. I try to practice Western and English atleast once a week. Everyonce in while I will throw together a trail class for him. I also try to take him on a trail ride once a week to give him a break from the arena.
I do alot of pattern work. I think that keeps him fresh and really shows where your flaws are. I try not to ride on the rail very much.
Every once in a while, I practice some Dressage. I think that puts a great foundation on any horse.