How much is too much work for a 4yr Clydie X

Discussion in 'Training Horses' started by leah, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. leah

    leah Well-known Member

    Jays Clydie X is nearly 4 hes almost 16hh. and we are recieving conflicting advice on how much work he needs. I m just looking for opinions. hes been in for 8weeks now and is getting worked every second weekend. (by worked I mean 30 min schooling) circles bending flexing and stuff like that.

    He is very well socialised, with bush, beach trail rides. that are non-stressfull. He goes to pony club and has done low level SJ ( at 60cm ) this is all done long and low, with the emphais on exposure rather than performance.

    But when should we up the schooling and really begin to ask him to hold his frame, for more than 10 strides every few weeks.

    hes a very happy boy who is not hot, and so doesnt need work to keep him sensible.

    Thank you for all input Im sure there will be much conflictign advice but Im open to all opinions.:D:D
     
  2. CMBR

    CMBR Well-known Member

    First of all i wouldnt be jumping at all till he is 4..

    . With my youngster i do short sessions of about 20 and i dont ride more than 3 times a week..
     
  3. leah

    leah Well-known Member

    Hes 4 in 5 days time. So do u reccomend 3 x 20 sessions of schooling?
     
  4. Deb2

    Deb2 Guest

    He is a big breed horse, so they tend to mature slower (body wise).

    I would not jump him till over five, but trotting poles or cavelletti size is fine.

    I think one ride every two weeks is actually harder on the horse than two or three rides per week.

    Depending on the intensity of each ride, I would ride for between 30 and 60 minutes, two or three times per week, in intervils. So ride for two to four months then rest/spell for a month or two, then back to riding.

    Do this until he is five, then make the riding more consistant with less spelling...perhaps only one or two spells a year.

    This all depends on his work load and his mental capacity.

    You need to judge each horse as an individual, and spell him when you know he is getting jaded (or preferrably just before getting jaded/tired).

    My mare is now five, and I ride her two or three times a week for between an hour (schooling) to two hours (trekking). I would ride her for three or more hours trekking, but dont have anywhere to do so.

    If I only rode her once a fortnight, it would be for a shorter period.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. leah

    leah Well-known Member

    Currently he gets ridden casually about 2 - 3 times a week. (and I mean really casually) long and low through the bush and along the beach. about once every 2 weeks he gets schooled. as in ridden correctly and asked to hold himself. I guess my question is should we be doing more schooling, and if not now then when?? I just dont want him to be just a bush basher, (although hes fantastic fun in the bush) :confused:
     
  6. Lacey

    Lacey Well-known Member

    Why don't you start introducing more advanced work whilst on your trail rides? That way it ca still be kept pretty casual and fun
     
  7. Kiwigirl

    Kiwigirl Well-known Member

    I have been told (a long time ago ;)) that the age of a horse is how many days a week it should get worked.

    Eg, a three year old should be worked no more than three days a week, four year old four days a week etc
     

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