As a dressage rider, my view of how much and a lot has really changed. Now that summer is over, I am riding fewer horses each day, but I do ride nearly every day. Is that a lot? It feels like it since as an endurance rider I only rode two or three times a week: two short days of an hour or so each time, and one long day. An often used piece of advice for endurance horses is a day off for every 10 miles ridden.
While I now ride five to seven days a week, the ride might only last 15 minutes. I guess the joke is on me! A few days ago, I was at the barn for more than an hour and yet I only rode for 15 minutes! The rest of the time I spent grooming, saddling, mixing feed, cleaning stalls, and feeding. Why only fifteen minutes of riding? Well, all I needed from Sydney was some loose walking, and a few trot circles that were soft and elastic. He started out by being heavy, but after just a few 1, 2, Let Go's, he was ready to be soft and relaxed. Since he accomplished what I wanted, he was done.
So how much do I ride? A lot more frequently than as an endurance rider, but for far fewer hours! And interestingly? I feel like I am in much better riding shape now than I ever was as an endurance rider! Weird, but true!