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How many times do you ride a week?

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  • How many times do you ride a week?

    So I don't own or lease my own horse, I just take a horse riding lesson once a week. I feel like it is taking me FOREVER to improve my riding... & every time I do improve something happens and I end up taking 2 steps back. I feel like I have been stuck at the same level of riding for years now. I am only 15 years old but I have been riding for 6-7 years, which isn't a long time, but I feel like I should have more accomplished then I do now. I am wondering if that is because I don't get enough time to ride. :/

  • #2
    makes a HUGE difference just to get out there more than once. Think of it this way, if you ride one more day per week, you're doubling your saddle time and you will improve that much faster.

    I personally only ride 1x per week, if I'm lucky, but I'm an old fogie and really just do it for fun. My 9 yr old daughter rides two ponies, at least 5 times per week. And let me tell you it has made a HUGE difference. She rode for a whole year 1x lesson per week, and was barely cantering at the end of that year. Fast forward to the end of year 2, she is cantering courses of 2 ft and 2'3" on a variety of ponies and her room is filled with blue ribbons People ask me how the significant change came about - it's ALL about saddle time.


    • #3
      I try for three times a week, although it sometimes only ends up being two.

      There's really no substitute for saddle time. The once-a-weekers I teach generally take longer to come along than those that ride at least twice a week.
      I love my Econo-Nag!


      • #4
        When my workload in class and at my internship allows, I ride my horse 5/6x a week. But this semester.. unfortunately it's been more like 1-2x a week!

        We have the most improvement when we're riding and lessoning consistently - I'll be riding 5 days, but only taking a lesson every 2-3 weeks once we have perfected whatever we were working on in our last lesson. If you simply cannot get more ride time right now - don't sweat it! You have the ability to ensure that your future allows for as much riding as you want.


        • #5
          6-7 days a week, 1-3 horses (mostly one ride a day recently, the other two horses are lame)


          • #6
            I ride about 4-5 days a week. I am in the middle of selling my horse and finding another so it fluctuates and some weeks I may ride every day where others I'm only in the saddle 3 days but generally its 4 or 5. Experience makes all the difference. Some days I just hack and others I actually "work" my horse. We have a few girls that lease at our barn and just in the few months-year for some that they have been getting more saddle time is making a TON of difference for them in their riding.

            Try to get more saddle time and I think you will find that you improve more quickly. Good luck!


            • #7
              I ride my own horse at home about 2-3 days a week depending on how much homework I have and the weather. I also ride several horses on the weekend at various barns too.


              • #8
                Ideally 6, I try most weeks to ride 6 times. Sometimes it's only 5 though.
                I had 2 horses for a while so I was riding 10-12 times (ie. 2 horses, 2 rides per day) a week. Now that I sold my one horse (can't afford 2!) I have to beg my trainer for other's to ride!


                • #9
                  I ride my horse 5-6 times a week when we aren't at shows (two a month, usually). When we're at a show, he gets ridden 6-7 days a week. I also have the occasional catch ride at other barns.
                  "Many are riders; many are craftsmen; but few are artists on horseback."
                  ~George Morris


                  • #10
                    Multiple horses four times a week.


                    • #11
                      Ideally, I would be able to ride 4-5 days per week. However, being in college and having a long commute to the barn, its more like 2 times per week.

                      For those of you who have a long commute to the barn (over an hour), how do you make it any easier?? Sometimes I feel like I live in my car, and I can easily put over 350 miles on my car in a week!


                      • #12
                        I usually ride my show horse 4 days a week (trainer rides him the other 2) and I ride my semi-retired horse 1-2 days a week or more if weather allows. Three of those days on the show horse are lessons. I miss my horses too much after just one day off!


                        • #13
                          3-7 days a week depending on my schedule and how many horses need to be ridden.


                          • #14
                            I started out like you, was only riding in lessons (group lessons at that) once a week for about four years. At the end of that I was stringing together maybe three crossrails and really had no concept of what it was really like to ride, if you know what I mean. I had the basics down but that was about it.

                            Started doing a half lease which was three times a week of riding, two lessons and a hack day. HUGE improvement over the next year. Was comfortably doing full courses at 2'6", even did my first show. And then, bought my own horse

                            Am now riding 4-5 days a week (darn full time job gets in the way) with three lessons a week, the rest hack time. Has made an even bigger difference in terms of my understanding how to ride. Even though fence height hasn't really increased (have done up to 3') I've still learned a ton but my progress isn't making dramatic leaps and bounds like it was that first year.

                            So yes...riding more will make a difference.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by huntereq1991 View Post
                              Ideally, I would be able to ride 4-5 days per week. However, being in college and having a long commute to the barn, its more like 2 times per week.

                              For those of you who have a long commute to the barn (over an hour), how do you make it any easier?? Sometimes I feel like I live in my car, and I can easily put over 350 miles on my car in a week!
                              I ride 3 days a week if I'm lucky 4 and I put about 450-500miles on my car a week
                              If only horses would use their athletic powers for good instead of evil. ~ MHM


                              • #16
                                Every day!


                                • #17
                                  usually 4-5 days... I have to make SOME time for family (and yard/housework!) it keeps DH happy. Otherwise, i would be there 6 days a week...


                                  • #18
                                    I ride 2 horses 6-7 days a week although lately one of my boys is NQR so he's had time off . Back in the day (if I'm allowed to say that) before college, I was riding 3 ponies in the morning, 2 horses around midday at a different location and another 2-4 in the afternoon at yet another location. I was by far in the best shape I ever was and noticed a HUGE difference in my ability, confidence and skill.

                                    I would say to try and get more saddle time if you can. It really improves your riding! Not that you're ready for this yet, but also riding lots of different types of horses will DRAMATICALLY improve your skill once you have the basics.
                                    "Be the change you want to see in the world."
                                    ~Mahatma Gandhi


                                    • #19
                                      3-4 generally. I just don't have time for more during the year. Plus- its DARK! Never fun to leave your house when it's already dark and ride in the cold.


                                      • #20
                                        6 days a week here. I'd ride 7, but my horse needs a break.