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post #31 of 44 Old 08-07-2012, 03:32 PM
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When my guy trots, it usually is a mistake :)...he is most happy when he is doing the running walk.
Do you know how he does with heart rates?

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post #32 of 44 Old 08-07-2012, 03:38 PM
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Do you know how he does with heart rates?
I had arabs before, so I am use to low recovery heart rates. This is my first TWH, ie. when we finish doing a quick 20km training ride in the soft sand, as soon as I get off his heart rate is almost always around 67 bpm no matter how hard we work, within 10 minutes it is down to 52-57 bpm. I have yet to get him below 50 post workouts. At the moment in the mornings his resting HR is around 45.
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post #33 of 44 Old 08-07-2012, 03:43 PM
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I had arabs before, so I am use to low recovery heart rates. This is my first TWH, ie. when we finish doing a quick 20km training ride in the soft sand, as soon as I get off his heart rate is almost always around 67 bpm no matter how hard we work, within 10 minutes it is down to 52-57 bpm. I have yet to get him below 50 post workouts. At the moment in the mornings his resting HR is around 45.
Forgot to mention my guy is being used for the HW division carrying 100+ kgs.
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We do LW division...my walker trots because he's not full blood - he has a gait and it is there, but it is not his predominant gait. I've been working on his walk for sometime but he is wired more for diagonal than lateral footwork.

So we go with his natural way of going and he's got such fire and competitive spirit, that he is a blast at endurance. He sees the glimpse of a tail a mile in front, and he will pick up and pace himself at a brisk trot until we overcome the front runner, and then he starts looking for another...

he is a very HOT horse, and we ride best alone. He is at his best when he is moving forward down a trail. If I stop too long and visit with someone, he will get mad and bite my shin or gnaw on my toe. If I stop to get off and pee, he will need to pee as well (no fun - the splatter factor). If I get off to walk and don't walk fast enough, he cuts me off and stops repeatedly until I get on - and with one foot in, he's off on that 8 mph jog again, loose rein, ears up - off we go!

We cross train in dressage (I call it horsie yoga/pilates) for flexibility...
here we are doing a very basic and first time piaffe...(Pics are tiny - pulled them from a video). He is a jack of all trades - my awesome real live ATV!

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post #35 of 44 Old 08-07-2012, 04:19 PM
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Forgot to mention my guy is being used for the HW division carrying 100+ kgs.

Those are GREAT recoveries for HW!
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post #36 of 44 Old 08-07-2012, 04:29 PM
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We do LW division...my walker trots because he's not full blood - he has a gait and it is there, but it is not his predominant gait. I've been working on his walk for sometime but he is wired more for diagonal than lateral footwork.

So we go with his natural way of going and he's got such fire and competitive spirit, that he is a blast at endurance. He sees the glimpse of a tail a mile in front, and he will pick up and pace himself at a brisk trot until we overcome the front runner, and then he starts looking for another...

he is a very HOT horse, and we ride best alone. He is at his best when he is moving forward down a trail. If I stop too long and visit with someone, he will get mad and bite my shin or gnaw on my toe. If I stop to get off and pee, he will need to pee as well (no fun - the splatter factor). If I get off to walk and don't walk fast enough, he cuts me off and stops repeatedly until I get on - and with one foot in, he's off on that 8 mph jog again, loose rein, ears up - off we go!

We cross train in dressage (I call it horsie yoga/pilates) for flexibility...
here we are doing a very basic and first time piaffe...(Pics are tiny - pulled them from a video). He is a jack of all trades - my awesome real live ATV!

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That is funny, I wonder if that is a TWH thing. Comanche will do the same thing when we are out riding, the minute he sees someone in front, he will pick up the pace until he catches them, and then he will look for the next one to overtake. He is still very young, so I have had to rein him in when he puts it into overdrive so as not to overstress his young legs.
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Bo would only drop into a trot when he was fatigued and it was bone jarring. Bo is show stock and has the high stepping rack movement. My new horse emma is old school flat runs shuffle steps ground covering with minimal work. We shall see. I'm gonna be training her at 8-10 mph.
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post #38 of 44 Old 08-07-2012, 05:13 PM
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Bo would only drop into a trot when he was fatigued and it was bone jarring. Bo is show stock and has the high stepping rack movement. My new horse emma is old school flat runs shuffle steps ground covering with minimal work. We shall see. I'm gonna be training her at 8-10 mph.
We are not quite at the 8-10 mph level yet, still early days for Comanche, as he will just turn 5 in January 2013. I would love for him to average 10mph/16 km/h, that kind of pace is enough to be top 3 for HW division over here.
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Bo would only drop into a trot when he was fatigued and it was bone jarring. Bo is show stock and has the high stepping rack movement. My new horse emma is old school flat runs shuffle steps ground covering with minimal work. We shall see. I'm gonna be training her at 8-10 mph.

Emma sounds like she would be fun. Do you have a ride picked out for her first?
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Emma sounds like she would be fun. Do you have a ride picked out for her first?
You should bring her up for the november jersey ride!


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