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post #1 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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How often do you ride your horse?


Everyone has different training schedules for their horses depending on age, turnout, temperament, goals, etc. so I thought it would be fun to see how often everyone rides their horses :)

For me, I ride mine 5-6 (mainly 5) times a week. This consists of one jump lesson with my coach and 40 minute flat rides for the rest of the week with some poles integrated in each workout. We are showing the .9 jumpers this year so obviously I need to keep him in consistent work. He's 13, super chill, gets some turnout, so that's my situation.

What about all of you? How often/long do you ride your horses, what do you do, and what sort of stuff/goals do you have/want to do with your horse?
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post #2 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 02:21 PM
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Depending on weather, averaging about 4-5 times a week. Mondays is an hour lesson for myself and my mom (who's a beginner and I'm just taking lessons to help build up stamina and to learn tips for training my own horses). The rest of the time is just trail riding and putting miles on my Quarter horse and working on a Paint to be ready for my mom to ride this summer. The trails last about an hour or more, and the end goal is to have my green mare ready for off property trails and to get my mom on the trails with us on the Paint mare. Also like to add we ride western and all the horses are on 24/7 turnout with shelters.
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post #3 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 04:05 PM
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I have two horses (actually three, but the third is my daughter's horse so she has to ride her) and I try to ride each 2-4 times per week (usually ends up being exactly three times per week each) to keep them in good riding condition. Usually ends up being three times per week each. About 45 minutes at a time, although I'm trying to work up to more like an hour. I often ride them one after the other on my riding days.

I feel like, for their health and fitness, it would be better if I could ride them each four times a week, but I just don't have the time. I work on whatever each one needs that is within the realm of my competence. e.g. for Pony keeping him straight, making him go over ground poles, riding out in the street or pasture; for Teddy, working on bending, keeping a consistent pace, anxiety, and moving forward we'll be doing very low jumps.

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post #4 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 04:25 PM
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3-5 times a week.

I didn't ride him this past week because I was sick and also snowed in at town 3 days. Because I was gone, he didn't get different hay as I'd planned starting last Sunday.

Wow, was he fresh today. Just miserable. Too much energy and didn't know what to do with it. Well, he had an idea, but that wasn't going to work for me. .
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post #5 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 04:58 PM
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Over the school year, I ride my horse at max, once per week. This is usually closer to every other week and throughout the winter, once a month. It is a 40 minute drive each way, and I just don't have the time with work and school.

During the summer, I ride my horse 2-3 times a week, but I am usually on a horse every single day as a trainer. This year I'm hoping to ride 4 times a week, as I am bringing along an unbroke horse also, but that depends on work and gas prices, bleh.

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post #6 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 06:13 PM
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0. Unless 10min of handwalking counts.

When sound, 5-6 days a week. Dressage work, field hacks, occasionally pop over a fence, lesson a few times a month usually. Goals? Ride my horse again.
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post #7 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 06:26 PM
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Oh, I guess I didn't see the whole question when I responded. My horses are on pasture 24/7, so fortunately even if I can't ride them, it's not like they would be wasting away in stalls all day. In fact, sometimes I go out there and get to see them running around and play fighting, which I love because they just look so happy. If they were in stalls, I would feel like I had to ride them every day or almost every day, depending on how much turnout they got. They are both fairly young (one is maybe 6.5 and the other maybe 8) and as far as I know they've never been stalled for more than a few days at a time. They both are fairly easygoing guys who have enough energy to do the work I ask them to do, but not so much that they come in overly frisky (most of the time LOL). I sometimes wonder how that would change if I had to stall them. I hope I never have to find out.
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post #8 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 07:27 PM
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About 3 times per week. All trail rides of 1.5 hours on average.
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post #9 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 08:04 PM
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Ride 5 to 6 days a week trails 4 hours sometimes longer. Right now about 1.5 hours of riding weather permitting. Only did 4 days this week do to snow storm, made for poor footing.
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post #10 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 08:14 PM
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1-2 times a week, trail ride, one hour at least, rarely above two hours. For both Hamlet and me, this is strictly a hobby...neither of us has aspirations to achieve greatness.

He's on rough board with a nice big pasture and a beautiful shelter (raised so it won't flood, with arena footing). I interact with him almost every day after work - sometimes just brushing, some desensitizing, some "liberty" goofing around.

We do everything in moderation! :)
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