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post #1 of 5 Old 02-26-2020, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Is this riding schedule OK?

My daughter had been riding Moonshine twice a week, on Saturdays and Mondays. We've started adding an occasional lesson on Sundays. Lessons are walk-trot (mostly trot), maybe some ground poles, and a tiny bit of cantering. The rest of the time she just sits around in the pasture.

I tried to find someone who wanted a free ride, to ride her during the week, but unfortunately her reputation proceeds her and everyone is like "thanks but no thanks." I sure don't want to ride her, I've got enough to do with the other two.

Is being ridden lightly three days in a row, and then not at all for four days in a row OK? She's older and has some arthritis if that makes a difference. I feel like it's probably OK, but wanted to get other opinions.

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-26-2020, 01:45 PM
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I think that's a fair riding schedule. Even if she's not ridden, groundwork can be good too. Plus it's hard to find someone to ride your horse, & that can be hard, because well, people suck! So I think sticking with the schedule you have is perfect.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-27-2020, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Anyone else have anything to add?

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If she's out and gets to move about on her four days of not being ridden it's fine.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-28-2020, 10:30 AM
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Her life is quite easy! Three days in a row walk trot is less than most horses do in the field, honestly. If she isn't sore, grouchy, or lame, then it's fine.

A note on getting other people to ride your horse for free - that's a big way to get sued, and sued fast.
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