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post #11 of 21 Old 02-01-2012, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, this defiantly makes me feel better! I don't want to be a bad momma

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post #12 of 21 Old 02-03-2012, 06:32 AM
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Heavy rain forecast for my area Saturday and Sunday.

My wife and one of her friends are probably going to ride today as it's going to be sunny and mid 60's today.

Why does it always rain on the weekends?

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post #13 of 21 Old 02-03-2012, 07:27 AM
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Just relax. Horses actually appreciate some quality horsey time now and then. A couple of free weeks won't do any harm, just take it slow when you can ride again! Besides, quality groundwork can do wonders for riding - for example, I've been doing lots of stretching and yielding with my boy lately, and I already see how it will improve his performance while riding.

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post #14 of 21 Old 02-03-2012, 07:50 AM
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I'm right there with you, between being pregnant, having baby and being tied down with the baby my horse has only been ridden about two dozen times in the last year. I haven't had the chance to ride him at all since before Christmas because I'm always with the baby and I dont think he'll come around the gallop with me. Summer is grand when I can push the buggy into the field and just do circles around him but winter is a write off this year :(

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post #15 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 01:22 PM
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I had exactly the same problem! We don't have an arena either, and I just ride in the yard and the fields out back... everything was icy, and I didn't ride for like 2 weeks. :(
I felt like I was neglecting my horses, since there are 7 at my house and I'm in charge of excersizing 5 of them... and most of them need training, so I felt like I was losing valuable time with them.
I also felt this way when I was moving, and I was so busy I barely rode for like 2 months. I felt soooo guilty! But now I'm back to riding almost every day, so I'm happy. :)
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post #16 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 01:28 PM
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No arena here either.
I HAVE to ride Patsy minimum five hours during the week.
She has drill team practice and gets ridden pretty hard for two hours on Sunday's and she is not a young horse, so she has to stay fit.
So I am going to run out and try to put a ride on her in between the storms we are having in Ohio.
As for the other three, they will get ridden when it's nice.

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post #17 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 01:35 PM
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I haven't ridden since November because our winter was BAD and there was no where to ride.

I'm frightened to see how green my boy has become D:
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 05:15 PM
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I have found over the years that typically we are much more nervous and fidgety after a long period of not riding than our horses are. :)

A little groundwork works wonders, then throw out your doubts, put a smile on your face and get out there and ride.

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post #19 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 05:18 PM
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It kills me not to ride too, but I just can't risk any slips in this mud. And it's pouring rain. I hope I get an indoor arena for my birthday.

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post #20 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 06:06 PM
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I know how you feel. The last place I boarded had no indoor and I was at the mercy of the harsh winters. They won out most of the time and I did limited riding. Fortunately though, I think you will find that once you put some ground work into your horse and then ride you will be fine. Don't worry too much.
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