I thought about this question today and I actually think about it a lot. Barbara rode PJ first. He was in a leaning mood, so she ended up riding him about 25 minutes. He was puffing, meaning he worked hard. Then I got on. I walked a little to get myself together, then started trotting. We did mainly trotting but threw in a little canter in both directions (we finally had good departs – yay!). I rode for about 20 minutes. I could tell his neck was tired and he was generally tired.
That’s when I needed to make a decision. Rest and go back to work or stop. I decided to stop. I didn’t want him to hate work because he was so tired it became difficult. But then I thought, would he ever become fitter if I didn’t push him a little? I didn’t have the answer then and I don’t now. He worked hard. He did good. I stopped. It just felt like the right thing to do. What do you do with your horses?