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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 28, 2007
    Triangle Area, NC

    Question Pros: Organizing your rides

    let's say you have 5 horses to ride tomorrow. How do you decide what order to ride them in? Do you have a system you follow?

    One of my instructors rides them smallest to largest. I tend to ride them advanced to green. When I'm short on time, I make sure the client horses are handled first.
    chaque pas est fait ensemble

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct. 21, 2009
    South Central: Zone 7


    *Generally* assuming time/client schedules/etc are not a factor, I ride in order of personal preference with least favorite first. That way I stay motivated throughout the day.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2005
    between the mountains and the sea, North Carolina


    Get the ones I'm dreading most over with first otherwise I loose motivation to ride them.

    Not a pro but help trainer ride....
    Last edited by Event4Life; Apr. 26, 2013 at 07:43 AM.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    May. 5, 2008
    Scranton, PA


    I ride the greenies first. Or ones I know I may have a problem with. That way if they're bad, at least they're done. And if they were good, yippee!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct. 24, 2002


    I ride the most comfortable/ easiest one first. That lets ME get warmed up

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  6. #6
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    Jun. 7, 2006


    I ride primarily in the order of tack horses go in (I do my own tackups so horses that go in the same saddle go all in a row, for example), who's in what paddock (can bring two in together rather than making one trip and then going over yon for the next one and then back to the original paddock later), who is jumping today (so that I can clutter the ring with jumps for the shortest possible time by doing those ones all back to back) and, for some of the ones that are a little wild yet and might upset other horses and riders, "Is the ring clear?"

    Personality/size/training level of the horse makes no difference.

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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun. 7, 2002


    I tend to go with greenest or most difficult first. That way I'm fresh, on my A-game and ready for whatever they can dish out. And I always try to save the best (my personal favorite - usually one of my own) for last. Kind of like horsie dessert!
    "Absent a correct diagnosis, medicine is poison, surgery is trauma and alternative therapy is witchcraft" A. Kent Allen

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb. 1, 2008
    Nowhere, Maryland


    All other things being equal I ride the ones getting the school/ naughtiest/ greenest first before the ones that are just hacking. Which is usually when the telephone company/ oil delivery/ farm equipment magically manages to show up no matter how much I have tried to avoid them. If no one is particularly challenging I do it however is most convenient which can be any number of the the ways meupatdoes describes.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct. 14, 2010
    Horse Heaven


    I just read a scientific article that found the more decisions we make in a day, the more poor choices and decisions are. Can you eliminate all the easy decisions - tack, schedule, what you need to eat, plans with friends, training plan - by making those decisions the day before or as a schedule. Then, you will use all your decisions on the most important - what outcome do you want from the time you spend with each horse? Business leaders were using this to have better work outcomes. Maybe the philosophy can help trainers better manage the zillion decisions needed for training horses. Good luck!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug. 30, 2001
    Purcellville, VA


    Not a pro, but I have 4 horses I ride. I go one of two ways, the best for last, as I'm least likely to skip riding my favorite, or the one who needs work the most goes first...which is usually still leaving the best for last!

    I often will order them based on saddle they go in, but currently, only two are in the same saddle.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Apr. 3, 2011


    I'm not a pro, but I do a sortof working student deal during the summer season when my barn is super busy.
    I do my personal horse first because she is the easiest and I like to start out the day in a relatively good mood. Also, if I need to drop one because I run out of time, she can't be dropped. She needs to get out every day.

    Which leads me to my organization:
    Horses get out in the order of who needs to be ridden most. So if I had 5, it would go
    1. My mare
    2. Horse who needs a heavy flat school
    3. Horse who needs a good flat school
    4. Horse who needs to get out and work
    5. Horse who needs to cruise around
    This is so I have my most difficult rides when I have the most energy. It is difficult to ride the energy-suckers at the end of the day, especially since I tack-ride-wash-grain each one myself. Also, if something comes up (a wild farrier has appeared to disrupt your schedule!) the horse who gets a vacation day is one who won't be super wild because of it the next day.

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