Riders planning to cover very long distances usually only average around 20 miles a day on horseback. However, on one ride that covered a total of 2,600 miles, the horses averaged 31 miles per day. Modern endurance rides cover 100 miles that must be completed in less than 24 hours.
Horses which are shod should never canter on the roads because they are likely to slip. Horses which aren’t shod can canter on the roads. Canter is actually less concussive on the horse’s legs than trot is.
If you want to ride in upper-level competitions, it’s not uncommon for horses to get an intense training session 6 days a week. However, if you just want to keep your horse in a healthy physical condition, riding your horse three times a week for at least 20 minutes at a time can help maintain a good level of health.
So how old is old? Most experts agree a horse can be considered geriatric when he reaches 18 to 20 years of age.
Galloping is faster than trotting or cantering. Therefore, if you cannot yet trot or canter on a horse with confidence, don’t try to gallop. When you do attempt a gallop, it’s important to build up the speed gradually or you could find it hard to control your horse.
Concrete is hardly an ideal surface for fast work but, yes, horses can canter and even gallop on pavement and not be harmed. … Unfortunately, there is quite a high risk for slipping, or falling if they are cantering or galloping on pavement, even with caulks or borium on their shoes.
If you’re worried about hard ground, try to avoid cantering on it where possible, we recommend maintaining a slower paced gait, walk or trot, so the force going through your horse’s joints isn’t as strong. …
When he pins his ears and fusses, it is likely because he does not like the thought of working harder and he is protesting. That said, do make sure that you have his back evaluated and make sure that the saddle fits well—those factors can cause an otherwise willing horse to resist the speedier gaits.
A well balanced rider of 18 stone still weighs 18 stone, which is way too heavy to even consider getting on a horse. … Just because a horse doesn’t buckle at the knees when you get on doesn’t mean it’s ok to do so.
There is nothing wrong with working your horse twice a day, as long as the intensity of the day suits it. You wouldn’t want to be jumping your horse twice a day but going out for a ride twice in one day is completely fine. … Just make sure that you are paying attention to your horse’s behavior and fitness.