Do you exercise your barrel horses everyday? Also does anyone feed purina super sport?
Kind of depends on weather but I'm in so cal so the answer is yes. I have 3 and don't ride each one every day. They get rotated and ponied.
My horse is exercised daily. But I do different stuff... some days it's just walking in the deeper dirt in my pen working on flexing and moving around my legs. Other days I only long trot... others I lope 10 laps each direction... other days I do an hour of different drills with my cones and poles and 1x a week I will actually run him thru the pattern a few times to show what we know. I try to keep it fresh and interesting. Sometimes I just ride him around the pasture doing absolutely nothing productive just let him relax and eat some grass and hang out. And I have used the supersport in the past but I actually prefer to use platinum performance instead. I feel like we yield the best results from it. I've strayed a few times thinking I'd save some money but I always end up going back to platinum.
During the winter I typically try to keep my barrel horse ridden 4 days a week and my old man ridden about that many though for him it depends on the weather and my ground. I think it is imperative to keep the older horses exercised to keep them going. The rest of the year I ride the barrel horse 6 days a week, some days up around the trotting track that meanders thru the oak trees, some days we work on the pattern and other days I ride down the creek and long trot or breeze him out depending on the sand.
I also have 2 older mares that have had significant injuries in thier lifetimes so winter we kind of fold it up and I just hand walk them, so since in getting them hurt riding in mud or slick ground. The rest of the year I ride the geldings 5-6 days a week and rotate the mares during the week then they get ridden typically both days on my weekends.. I'm not a super fan of ponying, I think it can lead to some unbalances though in a pinch I've done a little of it.
run n rate - 2022-01-10 3:00 PM
How long do you ride for?
The gelding I run barrels on gets ridden during the winter for about 30 minutes just because I ride on my lunch hour during the winter during the week, the older gelding get a quick 10-15 minute. The rest of the year it just depends on where I ride, when I ride down the creek its more milage/cardio type riding so those days they get ridden for much closer to an hour or more each on the weekends and during the summer I have time to get 2 ridden after work down the creek .
Typically if I ride on the trottig track, it meanders thru our top pasture and has uphill and down hill grades and then a few spots that Dave will work up a 20 foot circle, on those days I can get a lot done in 20-30 minutes and once they are fit really that is all they need with the inclines added in.
If I pasture ride I have the pattern set up out there and a few extra barrels to boot, my older gelding and my one mare I no longer compete on I mostly walk a half lap of the pasture (its roughly 3 acres) and then set the timer on my watch for 5 minutes and alternate long trot and collected trotting around the perimeter, trot thru all rights or and then all lefts or vice a versa on the barrels and change directions around the pasture. When the timer goes off I basicaly repeat at the lope though with them I tend to stay off the barrels at the lope and just work some bigger circles, they don't need the grind. The 2 I compete on I walk a lap and then trot a pattern and based on what that feels like kind of more or less tells me what we are working on that day which tells me how long we may or may not be out there. We always finish by cooling out with a walk up around the trotting track.
When I ride in the creek there are days we use that to breeze them out, certain times of the year that there is water down there and we make use of our hillbilly "aqua tread" and then just times we go meander with no agenda.
There is an local open arena about 4 miles from our place so there are times I load up and head there , barrel pattern seems to always be set up as well as a pole pattern.
When I have one running I ride 5-6 days a week, sometimes depends on weather. I ride them harder 3 of the days, and easier the rest. If they're stalled due to weather on their off day, I'll get them out and lunge them at a walk for 30 minutes. I ride for probably an hour, but I also walk a lot. They walk 10 minutes to start and at the end, so theres 20 minutes right there. I have one I've been dealing with KS spine on, and she can only tolerate 2-3 rides a week. So she gets lunged the other days, 45 minutes. She has surgery in 2 weeks and after her short rehab she will be ridden more if its successful. But I've always been anal about keeping them ridden 5-6 days at least if I'm going to run. They do get the day off after they run, so I schedule around that. If I've gone somewhere like our state show, where they're stalled for 4 days on concrete and make 3-4 runs, I will give them the day after off and just light ride the 2nd day. I know how I feel after those weekends and I'm not the one doing the hard work. And its usually just straight riding, some fence maneuvers. Once theyre finished I won't touch a barrel at home, and if they're still being seasoned I may have them on the pattern or any type of barrel drills 2 days in a week. I have a 200xalmost300 outdoor pen so I just try to get hoofprints all over it and call it a day most days.
I usually end up riding every other day. They get turned out every day so they arent locked in a stall. But between work and everything thats usually the best i can get
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