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I took a MONTH off.... boy do I feel refreshed!

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  • I took a MONTH off.... boy do I feel refreshed!

    I start back to riding tomorrow. I've had a month off and I'm really ready to get back to it. I haven't had time off from riding in 13 years. I think the horses have enjoyed the break too!

    Tomorrow I start back with 2 horses, I'll be a train wreck tomorrow night! HA!

    Anyone else break for the holidays?
    Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN

  • #2
    Horse was off all of Dec. We had random light hacks, and slowly started back after Christmas. Trainer called saying "She's banging on her door during lessons! Come out now!"
    She really loves having a job!

    I was a little sore!


    • #3
      I took a break for a month before the holidays! and I missed it, and the first day back I rode 3- HUGE mistake... and kept riding 3-4 daily- couldn't walk for about 5 days...

      My horse has been off since november- and I'm putting him back into work soon ( I hope the weather cooperates! ) hopefully back into show-shape by may!


      • #4
        No break for me - but one of the horses I ride got a nice six week break, and she was definitely feeling good! thankfully i had been riding throughout those six weeks, otherwise i probably would have hit the dirt when she decided to show me how good she was feeling.


        • #5
          Back "in the day" everyone stopped after indoors and started back in the spring at the schooling shows. Everyone had a nice break (horse/pony, rider and wallet).
          Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


          • #6
            I took two months off in 2006 (mid Nov-mid Jan) but it was for the last four weeks of my pregnancy and then the first four weeks of having a newborn...although my horses were, i was NOT refreshed.
            Hunters, Jumpers, & Welsh Ponies
            All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day. ~Author Unknown


            • #7
              I've been on a 2 and a half month break from injury... and I miss riding!!! I keep wishing I could be at the barn. I guess you could say I'm refreshed because I'm not wincing every time I ride now...
              Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse



              • #8
                I never was very good about riding in the dead cold in late December/early January. About 3 years ago I officially started taking a real break between about a week before Thanksgiving until around Valentines Day.

                Horse goes out in the snow every day and gets hand walked. Horse came back sharper last year then she'd been in years, I was actually more eager to get back into it after the break as well.

                I dunno...we used to do this all the time. When did we start expecting to go 52 weeks a year? I was a kid out west but even the Western horses got a big break between Thanksgiving and mid February.
                When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


                • Original Poster

                  Oh it was so nice to be back on the horses!!!

                  Horses were great but am I sore now! LOL. My muscles are begging for the heating pad!
                  Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


                  • #10
                    Ohhhh... I'm gonna feel your pain. I already feel it and I haven't even got back on. I just realized a good part about being on "injured reserve": I missed the worst part of the year for cold weather snow icky riding. yay!
                    Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse



                    • #11
                      Your new farm website looks great, TR.
                      Love my "Slow-T T B"
                      2010 OTTB, Dixie Union x Dash for Money


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks equest. I'm having some weird problems with it in IE that I don't have in Firefox.

                        I still have a lot of work to do on it but at least it is up and running!

                        It was my 2009 NYE resolution... I finally bought the domain and did the site on NYE 2010. Talk about procrastination!
                        Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


                        • #13
                          TR- I checked your website, and I think I've fallen in love. Aero is GORGEOUS!!!
                          Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse



                          • Original Poster

                            thanks bc95!

                            He's really starting to look like an adult horse how. At 4 1/2 he's starting to look like how I imagined he would turn out. He's a wonderful horse and we're very fortunate to have him here.
                            Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


                            • #15
                              Looong break

                              I'm just starting my break! I'm studying abroad this semester in rural Mexico and won't have the time or transportation to ride. Not to mention I doubt there'll be any barns within 50 miles of my town! So I have off until early May, and depending on my research work load (rural PA) I may not have time to ride over the summer either. Last summer I had to drive an hour to get to a barn that wasn't in someone's backyard.
                              "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

                              Phoenix Animal Rescue


                              • #16
                                Took a break around thanksgiving - right before Christmas. Went to Costa Rica for a month, hung out, put the horses in full training and stopped worrying about it.
                                Oh, right, and I also broke up with the needy boyfriend who was sucking me dry. Now? Anxiety free (ok, that's a lie, but significantly less anxious about life) and surprisingly excited about riding again.
                                Sometimes it feels good to just chill out and let someone else worry about the horses, especially when you feel that you're not being listened to anymore, by trainers or the horses. You can work your butt off, but what good is that when you're so twisted up you can't think straight?


                                • #17
                                  Just curious, how did you start your horses back after the break? Did you lunge first or just hop right on? I am trying to picture the first ride back on my horse after a break, and I think she'd be wild!


                                  • #18
                                    Unfortunately I am forced to take part of the winter off due to where I board. We don't have a riding ring and with the wonderful below-freezing weather the footing condition is less than ideal. So praying for daylight savings time at minimum right now to be able to go ride after work!

                                    I do find that every so often if I take a 'hiatus' from riding, I come back feeling refreshed and stronger! It feels like a good mental break for me and my horse. Good luck getting back into what you love. )


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Tivas_a_Diva View Post
                                      Unfortunately I am forced to take part of the winter off due to where I board. We don't have a riding ring and with the wonderful below-freezing weather the footing condition is less than ideal. So praying for daylight savings time at minimum right now to be able to go ride after work!

                                      I do find that every so often if I take a 'hiatus' from riding, I come back feeling refreshed and stronger! It feels like a good mental break for me and my horse. Good luck getting back into what you love. )
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                                      • Original Poster

                                        My horses are generally turned out for several hours a day so they self exercise quite a bit. I did lunge the two I rode Sunday afternoon. I also rode them indoors where they are much more workman like than if they were in an outdoor. The 12 y.o. when cantering down center line gave a big squeal and a buck, but otherwise was fine. The 4 y.o. was just the same as if he'd not had any time off at all. He's a good boy, all business when under saddle.
                                        Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN