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    Originally posted by Bristol Bay View Post
    I am racking my brain trying to figure out where you live in LA that you can have horses in the backyard, but it's a scary area. Compton?

    Does anyone at the barn have a horse that needs exercising since you are only riding yours once a week? Maybe you could get some more riding time in that way.
    Weird thing about LA county is there are pockets of good areas then you hit a bad pocket. If you have ever visited Beverly Hills you would know just what I am talking about. I live in a nice suburb but surrounded with bad pockets.

    And yeah, horses here are hanging on by a thread here

    I was riding more but now my two boys at home are not really ride-able and my new horse I ride two times a week. However, my big horse looked pretty good in turn out yesterday he was even rearing and playing. My one horse that I used to ride three times a week is REALLY bad right now in the hind end.

    My kids and hubby have been bugging for a dog recently. It's been quite some time since our "Elvis" passed away in 2007 and we haven't been able to open up to another dog - maybe it's time. He was my hubby's dog and my hubby was heartbroken when Elvis got cancer. He was a BIG dog and we used to walk a lot more when we had him.

    When I told my hubby we were going to start walking and jogging he said then he wants a dog.

    So out of wanting to be in better shape - I get a dog?? LOL
    Live in the sunshine.
    Swim in the sea.
    Drink the wild air.


    • #22
      I read something awhile back that said that people who owned dogs were in better shape because they pretty much had to take them for walks.

      I hate running and figure that if I'm going to wreck my knees I'd rather use them up on a horse. I enjoy biking especially when I haven't been able to ride much as you get to go a bit fast and have the wind in your face. I like to walk, but my neighborhood isn't fabulously scenic. I like to check out people's yards (plants) but I know what most of them look like by now. I will walk along the beaches that aren't too far from home. Do you have decent horse trails you can walk on? Or are those scary too?
      The Evil Chem Prof


      • #23
        Originally posted by doublesstable View Post
        and my new horse I ride two times a week.
        This I'm confused about, why not ride him more?

        So out of wanting to be in better shape - I get a dog?? LOL
        sounds about right

        Commiserations on your health issues


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by alto View Post
          This I'm confused about, why not ride him more?

          sounds about right

          Commiserations on your health issues
          I have my new horse in full training so he gets 4 days of my trainer riding him. And he's boarded about an hour away. So I drive out two days a week. And right now he needs the trainer more than he needs me; other than the carrots I bring him

          Peggy, we do have a small trail that I do walk on but these days you just never know. I think running is okay but LOVE how it gets my heart working. Other than riding
          Live in the sunshine.
          Swim in the sea.
          Drink the wild air.


          • #25
            Well I vote for you riding 3 days a week (afterall if you do lessons, it's almost the same ) & your trainer 3 - much more equitable!

            I assume right now he's got an off day, but you could also make that a gallop on the beach day... OR you could take him for a walk.
            (heh I watch TV, there's always a beach in California, just moments away )


            • #26
              Can you take your horse for a walk? The one who feels good? I'm sorry, I don't really understand your location, so this might not work at all...would having a horse with you make you less/more safe in these areas?

              I did this all the time in our last place, whenever I felt like getting a dog...grabbed a halter and the young horse and hit the trails. It's fun, and handy to expose horses to trails. People stared, but whatever. They stare when I rode too, horses just weren't common sights on those trails.

              Invest in quality shoes, that makes a huge difference on the knees (ex-rugby player, I'm young, but my body took a lot of abuse.) I jog with my Endurance horse, but you definitely don't need to run to get a cardio benefit...just walk energetically enough to get your heart rate into the aerobic zone. If working aerobically 3 times a week doesn't have you feeling a bit fitter in 3 weeks or so, then you may want to investigate the medical issues.
              Lifestyle coordinator for Zora, Spooky, Wolfgang and Warrior