Ways to Keep Your Horse Exercised When You’re Busy


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Have you been feeling guilty because you’re too busy to ride your horse, so he’s not getting the exercise he needs? Owning a horse can get challenging when we become busy. Here are a number of ways you can ensure that your horse gets enough exercise, even if you can’t be there to ride him.

Lease Your Horse Out

Often, one of the simplest solutions when you truly don’t have time to ride your horse is to consider leasing him out to another rider. You may decide to do a partial or full lease, but either option will ensure that there is someone available to ride your horse a few days a week. Offering your horse for an on-farm lease makes it easy for you to keep an eye on him and to make sure that the lease situation is working out.

Offer Your Horse Up for Lessons

If you board your horse at an agistment, you may have the option to offer him up for use in riding lessons. This will partially depend on your horse’s suitability as a mount for younger riders, and will also depend on whether the riding program needs additional horses. Often you can work out an agreement where your horse is used in lessons a certain number of times per week, and in exchange you can receive a discounted board rate.

Put Your Horse in Training Board

If you have a young or competitive horse, you may want to put him into training board. You’ll pay your trainer to ride your horse a certain number of times per week, which can help to keep him fit on the days when you can’t make it out to the stables.

Lunge Your Horse

Have a little bit of time, but not enough time to squeeze in a full ride? Head to the stables and lunge your horse. Just lunging your horse a few minutes a day can help to keep him fit.

Maximise Your Horse’s Turnout

If you won’t be able to get out to the stables for a while, try to maximize the amount of time that your horse can spend outside each day. Giving your horse plenty of turnout time will encourage him to move around and will keep him fitter than standing in his stall will.

There are many ways to keep your horse fit and exercised when you can’t always make it out to ride. When your schedule calms down, you’ll be able to get back into the saddle again without spending major time reconditioning your horse.

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