Currently the Princess is in full time training which is four days a week with Trainer#1. Even though I have started taking lessons with Trainer #2 and I don't have a contract with Trainer #1, I wanted to do the right thing and give 30 days notice. So the pony is getting ridden by Trainer #1 on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Friday. She gets worked pretty hard in those sessions.
I am now taking weekly lessons on Thursdays and Trainer #2 is encouraging me to ride as often as I can, even if it's just for a few minutes. She's really stressing the importance of coming to the barn often and that the more I throw a leg over the pony, the easier it will get. I totally agree. However I don't want to overwork the pony and have her get sour about working.
I've only ridden in one lesson and then one other time so far because I'm worried about pushing the pony too much. She's only been in work for the last six months and in serious work for the last three. Because I lunge her before I even get on, she's a hot, sweaty mess when I am done riding. My schedule is similar to my trainers in terms of the easiest days for me to ride are Mon., Tues, Thurs and Friday. I am going to ask Trainer #2 about this today but I'm wondering what you all think? Do you give your horses a day off? Do you go see them on their day off? I live about thirty minutes away from the barn so though it's not super far, it's also not just a quick jaunt to check on her.
Thankfully this is a temporary problem that will resolve itself November 14th when Trainer #2 is done riding her. I'm not sure which is a bigger problem, how to not overwork the pony or what do in mid-November when it's going to be ALL ME!! I suppose that's when the questions will start getting answered is when I'm doing all the riding. And getting answers is always a good thing, even when they're not the ones you expect.