10 week horseback riding challenge

Shoebacha1
Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
I find I have been taking for granted that my horses are always going to be there when I am ready to ride. I live on a ranch with an indoor and outdoor arena and over 100 acres, yet I have only ridden my horse once in the last few months. I am working 6 days a week and 12+ hours, but I need to make myself get out there and ride at least one of them on Sundays. Any other horse folks out there who would like to join me in committing to ride a horse at least once per week for 10 weeks?
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  • lkirchner82
    lkirchner82 Posts: 31 Member
    I'm in! On my way to the barn right now.
  • Mouse_Potato
    Mouse_Potato Posts: 1,456 Member
    I try to ride every Saturday. Sometimes the weather gets in the way, but I can *probably* manage 10 in a row.
  • Shoebacha1
    Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
    MommyL2015 wrote: »
    Not fair. :( I'd do this in a heartbeat if I had horses.

    If you were in the Stillwater, Oklahoma area, you could come ride with me. Check out on Craigslist in the farm and garden listings. I have posted looking for riding buddies before. You could post an ad saying you would like to ride and maybe someone will let you ride theirs? I let people ride mine for free, but I am sure you could find lease options.
  • Shoebacha1
    Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
    I'm in! On my way to the barn right now.

    Great! Enjoy! What kind of riding do you do?
  • Shoebacha1
    Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
    I try to ride every Saturday. Sometimes the weather gets in the way, but I can *probably* manage 10 in a row.

    I understand that! I used to only have a small 3 acre lot and if it rained it was worthless to try and ride because of all the mud. Luckily, now I have an indoor arena for bad weather days. I hope you manage! What kind of riding do you do?
  • MyBoyG
    MyBoyG Posts: 104 Member
    You bet! Spring is here, so I'm ready to get my horse back in shape. Lunged him tonight and hope to ride Friday.
  • Mouse_Potato
    Mouse_Potato Posts: 1,456 Member
    Shoebacha1 wrote: »
    I try to ride every Saturday. Sometimes the weather gets in the way, but I can *probably* manage 10 in a row.

    I understand that! I used to only have a small 3 acre lot and if it rained it was worthless to try and ride because of all the mud. Luckily, now I have an indoor arena for bad weather days. I hope you manage! What kind of riding do you do?

    Primarily dressage, but also some small jumps. I've got a pretty green little mare and we're trying out lots of things to see what she likes. :) What about you?
  • Shoebacha1
    Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
    I just piddle in the arena and do trail riding. Nothing fancy.
  • lkirchner82
    lkirchner82 Posts: 31 Member
    Shoebacha1 wrote: »
    I'm in! On my way to the barn right now.

    Great! Enjoy! What kind of riding do you do?

    My gelding is 29 and is living the life of luxury as a spoiled retiree. So I ride my friend's western pleasure horses primarily. I have also recently begun taking hunt seat lessons. My goal in life is to spend as much time with horses as I possibly can, so I really don't care what I do with them, as long as I get to be around them!
  • Shoebacha1
    Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
    My favorite gelding is approaching 20, but still spunky as all get out.
  • alipene
    alipene Posts: 945 Member
    I usually ride twice a week as the mare is about 24 and a little arthritic. Sometimes work and other stuff gets in the way though. Hopefully once a week for 10 weeks is do-able for me as it just fits in before I go away for a week :)
  • Shoebacha1
    Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
    Sounds good! Look forward to hearing about your rides.
  • Mouse_Potato
    Mouse_Potato Posts: 1,456 Member
    Shoebacha1 wrote: »
    I just piddle in the arena and do trail riding. Nothing fancy.

    Piddling is awesome. :) When I got my girl vet checked they asked me what I planned to do with her. I said a little jumping, a little dressage, some trail riding, maybe try endurance riding. They said "Oh, you plan to *enjoy* her!"
  • hoyalawya2003
    hoyalawya2003 Posts: 631 Member
    Yeah, love that there are other horsey folks here! I have a jumping lesson scheduled for today. I am trying to commit to 2 to 3x per week, but that is dicey considering I work full time and have young kids and a husband with a nutty schedule. I have been fox hunting and showed hunter jumper (for the first time!) last summer, but have now been dabbling with dressage and considering doing eventing (really low level). I just read a fiction book about saddlebreds, and was interested enough that I found a barn about 7 miles away, so I am toying with that idea, too. I grew up riding, training, and showing Tennessee walkers, so I think that world is probably closer to what I grew up with. I currently half lease an Irish draft who is a fantastic foxhunter.
  • Shoebacha1
    Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
    I have played around a bit with low jumps in the arena and on the trail. I ride one of my geldings through town. When we go to Sonic, the staff bring him out carrots and apples. LOL
  • Shoebacha1
    Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
    Yeah, love that there are other horsey folks here! I have a jumping lesson scheduled for today. I am trying to commit to 2 to 3x per week, but that is dicey considering I work full time and have young kids and a husband with a nutty schedule. I have been fox hunting and showed hunter jumper (for the first time!) last summer, but have now been dabbling with dressage and considering doing eventing (really low level). I just read a fiction book about saddlebreds, and was interested enough that I found a barn about 7 miles away, so I am toying with that idea, too. I grew up riding, training, and showing Tennessee walkers, so I think that world is probably closer to what I grew up with. I currently half lease an Irish draft who is a fantastic foxhunter.

    I would love a draft or draft/mix! 2 of my boys are on the smaller side, practically ponies but stout. My old man is tall and slender. When one of them passes, I will be getting a draft cross.
  • Shoebacha1
    Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
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  • lkirchner82
    lkirchner82 Posts: 31 Member
    edited April 2016
    I trail rode for an hour today. Sunny and 75 degrees - what a perfect way to spend a spring day!
  • Shoebacha1
    Shoebacha1 Posts: 2,113 Member
    I am so jealous! I am hoping the weather is nice on Sunday. Would hate to have to ride in the indoor arena...