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    03-04-2011, 07:13 PM
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Exercises for running

My POA has been out of running (barrels and poles) for around a year. I have ran the pattern around 4 times this year and she is pretty rusty. What are some Exercises I could use to get her clean again? I have been doing tight circles and switching bends...anything else?
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Kc
     
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    03-06-2011, 11:17 PM
  #2
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I do the patterns at walk and trot a lot - with some canter. I rarely EVER ran the patterns when I was competing. Much better way to improve balance, speed, and turns as slow takes a lot more balance than fast, meaning that when you DO run it's a lot easier for the horse to balance.

I would do exercises such as you trot to the first barrel, halt. Canter around it. Halt. Continue to next at trot, repeat around each barrel. Then do the same but canter to barrel, trot around it, etc. as the horse builds up fitness and stamina, then take out the halts but still ONLY do this at the walk and trot NOT gallop/run.

With poles, trot two, halt, trot two more halt, etc. canter one halt. Canter the other, halt. Be aware this is MUCH harder as it means you are asking for transitions in a very small/short space making the horse have to balance and use their hind end more. Don't overdo it as these are very strenuous for the muscles but MUCH better at improving your rides than running patterns.

Also split up your conditioning program so that you are doing these ring workouts but then alternate going out on trails doing hill work and trot sets (NOT canter) to help improve the conditioning of the muscles as well as build lung capacity.

If you spend 3-4d a week doing this you'll find a difference in as little as a month, with a HUGE improvement in your horses balance and fitness, and ALSO it will help prevent injuries as you are condition the entire horse rather than running patterns at speed which really don't do anything other than run the horse out.

Hope that helps and good luck!
     
    03-09-2011, 04:45 PM
  #3
Weanling
When I condition a horse out of work, I typically start with building back up the horses stamina then move on to flexing.

I will walk 2 miles, long trot 2 miles, walk 2, canter 2, then back to a trot for another mile, then I walk for the rest of the ride. I ride 5-6 days a week, so I'll do this 4 to 5 times a week.

I will then move on to sidepassing, backing, figure 8's, reverse figure 8's, serpentines, hill work, backward hill work, counter arcs, circles, and lots and lots of long trotting.

Go back to the barrel pattern, SLOWLY! Don't rush your horse. Work on the basics again, then move up once you feel your horse is ready for the next step
     
    03-09-2011, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Kansasbarrelracer    
When I condition a horse out of work, I typically start with building back up the horses stamina then move on to flexing.

I will walk 2 miles, long trot 2 miles, walk 2, canter 2, then back to a trot for another mile, then I walk for the rest of the ride. I ride 5-6 days a week, so I'll do this 4 to 5 times a week.

I will then move on to sidepassing, backing, figure 8's, reverse figure 8's, serpentines, hill work, backward hill work, counter arcs, circles, and lots and lots of long trotting.

Go back to the barrel pattern, SLOWLY! Don't rush your horse. Work on the basics again, then move up once you feel your horse is ready for the next step
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