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post #11 of 16 Old 08-09-2012, 01:45 PM
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LOL! I guess that's determination....

I have a one mile cardio trail here in my woods that I built. It is not a fast paced trail because it is very very technical - I guess it could be faster as long as you wore some sort of shin protection - but it has major ups and downs, ravine climbs and slides, water crossings, log crossing and ziggy zagging...right now it is a bit grown over but I've got to get the chain saw back there to some of it. The drought here has caused a bunch of the trees to drop their lower limbs, and some paths are impassable. But even on my own two feet, it is a calorie burner!

RIding a one mile trail over and over can be mind-numbing like the hot walker, but the terrain really builds the rear and the weaving in and out helps keep the horse soft with leg-yields and such so it does have benefits. There is one large perimeter trail, and some switch backs inbetween so you can vary it up just a bit so they don't anticipate where they are going all of the time.....but that's about all I've got right now to work with for my conditioning without leaving the property.

Making the loop five times every day gets pretty boring, that's for sure but it has to be better than a hot walker by far! Right now, it is in the triple digits here and just too hot! What are your temps there? Do you have much humidity that you have to deal with? Or is your area pretty dry?
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-09-2012, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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LOL! I guess that's determination....

I have a one mile cardio trail here in my woods that I built. It is not a fast paced trail because it is very very technical - I guess it could be faster as long as you wore some sort of shin protection - but it has major ups and downs, ravine climbs and slides, water crossings, log crossing and ziggy zagging...right now it is a bit grown over but I've got to get the chain saw back there to some of it. The drought here has caused a bunch of the trees to drop their lower limbs, and some paths are impassable. But even on my own two feet, it is a calorie burner!

RIding a one mile trail over and over can be mind-numbing like the hot walker, but the terrain really builds the rear and the weaving in and out helps keep the horse soft with leg-yields and such so it does have benefits. There is one large perimeter trail, and some switch backs inbetween so you can vary it up just a bit so they don't anticipate where they are going all of the time.....but that's about all I've got right now to work with for my conditioning without leaving the property.

Making the loop five times every day gets pretty boring, that's for sure but it has to be better than a hot walker by far! Right now, it is in the triple digits here and just too hot! What are your temps there? Do you have much humidity that you have to deal with? Or is your area pretty dry?
May be short and boring, but sounds like excellent gymnastic course for your horse.
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It's a great course for humans, too. I took a boy scout troup through it once and the parents that came along were about ready to hang me from the tallest tree after we were done....
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post #14 of 16 Old 08-27-2012, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Looks like the 2 weeks off is doing Comanche some good. His resting heart rates have been between 32 and 36 for all our training rides since I have been home.
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Nice!! Sounds like it might work!
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-27-2012, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Nice!! Sounds like it might work!
Yep he is going good. Did his longest LSD the other day of 30KM, and he came in with a hr of 44.
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