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post #1 of 13 Old 01-10-2017, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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new to owning a horse

I own a draft horse.
She is 13 years old
I am getting advice from other people about how much to work (exercise) the horse?
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-10-2017, 11:30 PM
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If she's turned out in a paddock then really as much or as little as you want, provided its appropriate to her fitness level.
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-10-2017, 11:35 PM
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if you want good advice, you need to provide more details, such as her past history, what sort of riding you do, her general health, etc.
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-11-2017, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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she was used in lessons before we got here and the owner felt she was being abused so took her back and couldn't care for her so we took her.
She is ridden lightly 2-3 times per week
she is in great health eats great
she does get turned out when the weather permits
she is very laid back and calm


any other info that might help?
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post #5 of 13 Old 01-11-2017, 08:11 AM
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It sounds as though she is a pet that you ride a few days a week. She is probably fine with what she is getting. She would need more if she is cooped up in a stall in bad weather, less if she is turned out. Are you wanting to do anything else with her besides what you are doing now?

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post #6 of 13 Old 01-11-2017, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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No that is it
The barn she is at is saying she is bored and kicking the walls and doing damage
My daughter will ride her and when the horse is done trotting and cantering she just lets her walk around
I want to make sure she is getting enough exercise to keep her healthy in the winter as well as not doing any damage to the barn
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No that is it
The barn she is at is saying she is bored and kicking the walls and doing damage
My daughter will ride her and when the horse is done trotting and cantering she just lets her walk around
I want to make sure she is getting enough exercise to keep her healthy in the winter as well as not doing any damage to the barn
It sounds like she needs to be outside more. Maybe this is one of those situations that are common in the UK where horses don't get turnout, but if you have any say in it at all, turn her out as much as possible! I am in Canada and it gets very, very cold here. It snows, rains, and everything else in between. My horses are out all day, every day. In the winter months, I put them inside from about 9 pm to 7 am, but in the summer, they live outside 24/7. As long as they have shelter and access to water, they are much happier living outdoors. You'd be surprised at how much cold they can take. I know some people do it, but to me, it's unfathomable how anyone could keep a horse cooped up in a stall all day. Of course they get bored - wouldn't you if you had to live in a 12 x 12 space? Please don't take that as a criticism, I just bring it up because someone new to horses may not be aware that they are much happier living outside.
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-11-2017, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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yes we are aware of that and she gets out as much as possible
she is only coming in when the temps are below single digits and there is high winds and heavy rains and or lightning forecast
which has been a lot lately
lunging her 10 min a day when she is cooped up too much too little?
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Where I used to board, they had 12x12 box stalls that some of the horses went in at night. I remember a little boy (maybe six or seven years old) asking me if all of the horses were put in there cages at night. Lol, I never really thought about it in that way, but they are cages so to speak. Yeah, they should be let out as much as it possible. If I were boarding in a place where they didn't let them out due to not wanting the pastures destroyed, or whatever, I would probably be out there every day to ride or lunge to give exercise.
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yes we are aware of that and she gets out as much as possible
she is only coming in when the temps are below single digits and there is high winds and heavy rains and or lightning forecast
which has been a lot lately
lunging her 10 min a day when she is cooped up too much too little?
Without knowing where you live, I don't know if you mean single digits in Farenheit or Celcius and I don't know what "a lot" means. Horses should be out all day, every day, most days of the year. I never keep mine in - though I might if we had a very bad snowstorm that was driving the snow in sideways, but we haven't had that yet this winter. Even in bitterly cold temperatures (-20 Celcius), they go out and are happy to do so. They do need shelter though, and know enough to get away from the elements. You can also blanket horses if you feel they need extra protection (one of mine gets blanketed more than the other because he's older and sometimes coughs when it's very cold out).

In other words, if your horse is in more than it is out, that will lead to boredom and destructive behavior. I doubt lunging 10 minutes a day will get rid of that.
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