What cross training (if any) do you all do with your horses?
My only lessons ever are in dressage, so that is my go-to for doing work other than conditioning and exposure to the big wide scary world out on the trail. Since we've been really conditioning for our last 50, I've really slacked off on it though. Now that I won't be able to fit in another ride before deployment, I've been picking it back up and WOW is it another kind of work out! I think both Mr. Jayne and I were tired by the end of today. We can eat up miles on the trail, but an hour working on a bend and especially on picking up the correct canter leads while staying on a circle without falling in, out, getting stiff, straight, or any of those other things about killed us both. My back and legs were feeling it!
How do you feel cross training effects you and your horses? Any favorite activities? I do feel like my horse will be great if I ever want to show him elsewhere. After a few ridecamps and starts, he knows how to handle himself in the midst of some chaos and energy!