I wanted to give you an update on the hay net and ask you a question (if anyone even still reads my blog since I'm so absent). The hay net is doing great. I can't tell for sure if it's actually slowing them down at all, but it definitely helps with boredom and prevents a lot of waste. Rocky also seems to chase Chrome off less because he's distracted with pulling hay through the net instead of being a brat.
Now, my question. What do you guys think of weekend warriors? Growing up I was always told it's really bad to only ride your horses on the weekends. Of course the people they were talking about were people that would take horses who've sat all week in the pasture and then ride them ten miles with no prior conditioning, so that is definitely bad and I know that.
What I need to know is if it's done right (start with short rides, gradually build distance and duration, proper warm ups and cool downs, etc.) is it still a bad idea? Is it even possible to build a horse's fitness level if you only ride once or twice on the weekends? I have to always keep his locking stifles in mind and I'm terrified of having another tendon injury (although I have no idea what caused the previous one.... probably him being overweight, but his weight is really good now that we have the hay net). I can't longe him because circles are bad for his stifles and our ground is really messed up right now from all the rain and flooding.
The reason I'm asking is because I work anywhere from 7:30-8:00am to 6:00-7:00pm every weekday. I have to do chores after work, then take a shower and eat supper. By then it's late. We rarely get inside or eat supper before 8pm. I also have to keep a very strict sleeping schedule or I have insomnia, so I can't just stay up late a couple of nights a week. I barely fit in all of the chores I need to do after work, so fitting in a ride is almost impossible. Now that the time has changed, if the weather is decent, I could probably just throw on a helmet and a bridle and toodle around the house for fifteen minutes but really it seems pointless because we can't really do anything productive and walking circles in the yard by myself gets really boring, especially in the dark.
So what are your thoughts? I was looking back through my blog and realized it's been over a year since I've ridden my horse. I've only ridden him 16 times in the last two years since I started working at this extremely stressful, fast paced, mentally exhausting job. I have time to ride on the weekends (when the weather is okay), but I keep talking myself out of it because I don't want to be a weekend warrior.
So if you work full time and/or a lot of overtime, do you ride only on the weekends? Is being a weekend warrior as bad as a lot of people make it sound? I miss riding and I know Chrome needs the exercise for his stifles, but I'm terrified of hurting him.
I'll stop rambling. Please share your thoughts! I would really appreciate any advice. Also because I know someone will mention it, having someone half lease him or come over to exercise him when I'm at work is not an option. Thanks in advance!