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post #1 of 5 Old 08-31-2014, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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How can you tell if a horse is being used/ridden?

My uncle gave me his horse to use so I could ride for the summer, and ended up telling me they wanted me to keep her if all went well. I brought her to their house to have shoes put on her and the first thing he said when she got out of the trailer was, "I thought you were using that horse!" I explained to him that I felt it was too hot recently to be using her too much, and I was also trying to get her to gain some weight. I'm curious how he took one look at her (from pretty far away) and knew immediately that I hadn't put any recent rides on her. It had been about 105* here for many days straight! I just want to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong with her.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-31-2014, 02:42 PM
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That's not something you can tell for sure, but you can guess based off changes in appearance like weight and muscle tone.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-31-2014, 02:50 PM
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Agree with DancingArabian.

I don't know where you are but I would not ride in 105* either, especially if it's humid. On warm days I ride in the morning when it's cooler.

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That's not something you can tell for sure, but you can guess based off changes in appearance like weight and muscle tone.
That's kind of what I figured, but he seemed so sure! And was right. Thank you for your reply.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-31-2014, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Agree with DancingArabian.

I don't know where you are but I would not ride in 105* either, especially if it's humid. On warm days I ride in the morning when it's cooler.

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I'm far from a horse expert, but felt that it wouldn't be a smart idea to throw a bunch of tack on her and hop on. He said once it cools down to get on her, so I suppose he agreed. I wish I could ride in the morning, but I work at six. It's much cooler now, though, so I am able to ride when I get off.
Thanks for your reply (:
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