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  • Endurance horse conditioning miles per week
  • "over conditioning" horses endurance riding

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    04-11-2012, 07:38 PM
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We are going all the way to south jersey. I think its where they usually hold the jersey rides korral something. I am meeting someone at there place and following them to the trail
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    04-11-2012, 08:45 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kait18    
we are going all the way to south jersey. I think its where they usually hold the jersey rides korral something. I am meeting someone at there place and following them to the trail

The Kowboy Korral! That is the site of ridecamp for the fall Mustang Memorial ride. Tons of trails to choose from, so I am sure you will have a good time (assuming you don't mind sand or pine trees ).
     
    04-12-2012, 08:55 AM
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The Kowboy Korral! That is the site of ridecamp for the fall Mustang Memorial ride. Tons of trails to choose from, so I am sure you will have a good time (assuming you don't mind sand or pine trees ).

Haha yes that sounds about right and glad I don't mind sand and pine lol as long as there not touching me lol haha
     
    04-12-2012, 09:54 AM
  #14
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Green Broke
I started conditioning my gelding last year in May with the long slow distance riding. Lots of walking, trotting, extended fast walking and extended trot with some cantering (not a lot of that). It didn't take long to put my QH chunky bunky in top shape. Most of our rides were about 8 miles with some 13 or 14 mile rides thrown in. I put 530 miles on The Biscuit last year. His heart rate is terrific. Now I can put him at a trot for miles and his heart rate rarely goes above 120, mostly stays around 104 and instantly drops when he slows or stops. I had Biscuit at the vet Tuesday for a health certificate and the vet said he was in superb condition. When I did take him to the one and only LD ride in February, the vet asked "is his heart rate always 36?"
     
    04-12-2012, 09:32 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I'm not very formal with my conditioning. I do some cross training. I did have a more "serious" conditioning schedule when I was first getting my mare in shape. For a couple months, I rode five or six days a week, 8-15 miles a ride. Baby Girl holds her condition very well, so she stays in shape with a fairly small amount of work.

Typically, I'll ride four days a week. Two of those days I do arena work for about an hour a session. Walk/gait/canter. We do a lot of dressage style things, working on rhythmn, suppleness, and lightness. It gets her relax and stay quiet. She's a hot horse, so working quietly is important. We jump sometimes to mix things up.

The other two days are spent on the trails. One of a "fast day". We do somewhere between 8 and 12 miles, keeping a 10+ mile per hour pace over all. The other day is almost always a Saturday, where we go for hours. We try to spend 5 hours on the trail at an 8 mile per hour pace.
     
    04-13-2012, 01:06 AM
  #16
Yearling
Just as a note for conditioning, there is such a thing as over conditioning that will ultimately wear your horse down more than is necessary and will lead to injury or a shortened career sooner or later. My vet said that we needed to be putting in over 20 miles each week in order to get my boy in proper conditioning, but both he and the Arabian Horse Association say not to push your horse over 30 miles a week during conditioning. Obviously, when you go to a ride you're going to go over that, but in general you should stay under 30 miles each week. Here's an excerpt addressing this in an article from the Arabian Horse Magazine about preparing your horse for their first endurance ride and keeping them in shape (It's a really great article for anyone and their horse who wants to do endurance!):

But don't get tempted to ride more than 30 miles a week or work your horse every single day.

"The biggest mistake you can make is to ride five or six days a week without a day off in between rides," says Loving. "With older horses, once they are in condition, riding them twice a week should be sufficient provided you make those workouts count. Riding day after day without rest causes a horse to break down from too much wear and tear.

You can read the rest of the article here: Welcome to Arabian Horses.org - Marketplace
     
    04-13-2012, 08:36 PM
  #17
Green Broke
^^


Oooh, really? I better dial down my miles. I sometimes go 30-40 a week. Too much.


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    04-21-2012, 09:20 PM
  #18
Weanling
We go out and have one trail around here with serious hills, really steep, and though it's probably only 6 miles round trip, it's a good work out for her. I ride her every other day on the trail and then do arena work on the off days, but usually only at the walk because we are working on bending and she needs to walk to really bend to the left. She's not flexible on that side, but I've been doing a lot of stretches with her, including picking up her back leg and gently crossing it over and letting her relax into the stretch. It's been helping!
     
    04-22-2012, 01:41 PM
  #19
Yearling
Since Hunny is just getting back into shape, and we can't go far because of baby, we keep it at a brisk walk for only about a quarter mile, breaking frequently for baby to take a break, then we fox trot home again breaking frequently. A great book for conditioning any type of horse is a book by Jec Aristotle Balliou and here is a link to it...

Http://www.amazon.com/Equine-Fitness-Program-Exercises-Routines/dp/1603424636/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332271401&sr=1-1
It is very informative and has different exercise programs for all different types of horses. It also has cardio exercises, stretches, a couple of massage moves, and tear out cards so you can keep those with you instead of taking the book everywhere! (which I do anyways because it's AWESOME!) This book is always with me when riding. I can do things quickly that work well for Hunny in her current condition, and it really gives results
     
    04-22-2012, 01:44 PM
  #20
Yearling
Since Hunny is just getting back into shape, and we can't go far because of baby, we keep it at a brisk walk for only about a quarter mile, breaking frequently for baby to take a break, then we fox trot home again breaking frequently. A great book for conditioning any type of horse is a book by Jec Aristotle Balliou and here is a link to it...

Http://www.amazon.com/Equine-Fitness-Program-Exercises-Routines/dp/1603424636/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332271401&sr=1-1
It is very informative and has different exercise programs for all different types of horses. It also has cardio exercises, stretches, a couple of massage moves, and tear out cards so you can keep those with you instead of taking the book everywhere! (which I do anyways because it's AWESOME!) This book is always with me when riding. I can do things quickly that work well for Hunny in her current condition, and it really gives results
     

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