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post #11 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 08:23 PM
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Every morning for 1 to 2 hours and then sometimes a different horse in the afternoon. When camping, I ride about 3 1/2 hours a day. Just about always trails with an occasional activity like barrel race, parade, horsey soccer, field trial, or fun show.

My goal is for me to be on top and the horse to be on the bottom every ride.
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post #12 of 20 Old 04-14-2019, 08:33 PM
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I don't have a "my" horse (ie I don't own or lease anyone), so most of the time it's once a week. :( Last Spring & Summer, I could sometimes bump it to twice a week by drag-riding for trail rides. When the nice weather eventually comes I'd like to be able to do that again regularly. Nature of the work-beast is that I could never ride every single day, but on the flip side even if I worked two 24's that would afford me a lot of leeway in barn-time.
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post #13 of 20 Old 04-15-2019, 03:59 AM
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My horses had the winter off due to so much rain and mud. There is an arena where my paso is boarded but it's extremely dusty and full of pigeon poop. And he's semi retired anyway at age 26. The good thing for me is no matter how long I wait in between riding him he's always the same. He is like a poster child for what brio really means--a controlled energy. My kmh will be going to a trainer in a few weeks to see what all he knows, if there's any holes in his training to be worked on and just as a refresher before we start up riding season again.
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post #14 of 20 Old 04-15-2019, 09:15 AM
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Weather permitting and schedule permitting I try to ride my mare at least 4 times a week. But some times I can't get a ride in at all due to weather ect.. She has had most of the winter off not ridden at all due to winter weather conditions here so when we do start riding again I will start off slow with maybe short half-hour rides and work into longer. On average though I try to trail ride around our property about 1 -2 hours at a time. When she is not being ridden her and our gelding have a large pasture they roam and run in so I don't feel to bad about not ridding. Along with I get them out daily to graze on lead and to light ground work unless the snow or ice is to bad. I am big on even if they're not being ridden that they at least get handled for 30 min or more every day.
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post #15 of 20 Old 04-15-2019, 09:19 AM
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Every. Single. Day.

I am very tired.

It's very hot outside.

But I love it.

I get 4 lessons a week all consisting of jumping and once a week we are trying out Dressage. The other 3 days I ride Bee
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post #16 of 20 Old 04-15-2019, 10:53 AM
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3 times a week is our usual max lately. Just due to work schedules, weather (we are currently making our way into hail and rainy season here, yay...) and other "adult life" obligations. Wish I could do more but it's just not feasible right now. Mostly arena work, but I split it up between dressage practice, poles/small jumps, and a lesson every other week, and then I try to do a little hack around our rural neighborhood most times. I wish we had more real trails around here, I think I'd probably hack him out much more if we did. I try to mix things up though so Nav doesn't get bored of the arena. We usually ride for 30-45 minutes, but I am typically at the barn for close to 2 hours whenever I'm there.
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post #17 of 20 Old 04-15-2019, 11:59 AM
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I ride about 5-6x a week. :) For about 30-40mins, sometimes an hour at a time.
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post #18 of 20 Old 04-15-2019, 12:16 PM
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During the winter months when the days were shorter, I mostly rode on the weekends only. But now that we have daylight after work again, I'm riding or groundwork/lunging 4-5 days per week. Rides last anywhere from 25-40 min depending on what we're working on. My horse is a baby, so basics and foundation are our main focus right now, but dressage is our main discipline.
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post #19 of 20 Old 04-19-2019, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by jumpingtothemoon View Post

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?

I trail/dirt road ride, two hours ride time one hour prep and cool down every day, time, weather and circumstances permitting.
Some weeks I get a whole week of three hour ride time. Others I get at least one to three.
Some months such as our last January I did not get to ride the entire month except for saddle pad rides on my property.
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post #20 of 20 Old 04-19-2019, 05:02 PM
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Usually do an hour or so meandering down the trail every day. But I live in California, so weather is generally not an issue.
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