Giving your horse a winter break
With the evenings drawing in and the weather turning cooler, do you take the opportunity to give your horse a break, or is it business as usual, despite the season? We asked you, our loyal Facebook followers, and here’s what you had to say… HOLIDAY Mine have a small holiday over Christmas to recover from the grass polo season, but on either side of this break we continue with arena polo, which is a little less strenuous, but keeps them ticking over. Ginny LudfordJones WORK No, I will still be riding my boy. I managed to reduce my hours at work so that I have time to ride before it gets dark. Marilyn Roberts WORK No holiday here.... we’re still building the miles for the #Hack1000miles challenge, so will be out two to three times a week, come rain or shine. My girl loves the routine and I love spending time with her. Liz Watkin HOLIDAY Yes, I always turn mine away for a couple of months over the winter. They work hard through the eventing season and deserve a nice holiday just chilling in the field together. I find they come out raring to go at the start of the new season. Jane Byrne HOLIDAY I’ve given up making plans, preferring to keep options open instead these days. It means there’s less pressure when the universe steps in with different ideas. I’m currently not getting much time in the saddle due to carer duties and work deadlines. Chris Kynaston WORK We’re on livery and have restricted turnout from December, so they don’t have a break. They are fitter over the winter as they’re ridden in the school and our winter hacking route has more hills. They also go on the walker, which helps when turnout is restricted. Justine Emma WORK The only holiday my boy gets is due to snow or rain, unless we have access to the indoor school. As a rule, I do like to give him two days off each week though. Tania Scutt WORK My horse has summer allergies and struggles in spring/summer with his breathing during work, so winter is our time to get out and about. Anna Hales
After a busy competition season, I look forward to removing my girl’s shoes and allowing her to just be a horse for an extended period. I find she comes back with more vigour and interest in her job come the New Year. Karoline Gray HOLIDAY Due to family and work commitments in the run-up to and over the Christmas period, I turn my gelding away for some rest and recuperation. It takes off some of the pressure of being a mum at Christmas time, although I will try to sneak in a
Boxing Day hack. Ally McKay
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