I've finally moved my horse to a farm with better facilities... and hills. In the past I have spent at least 3 days a week working Primo out in the fields, a lot of trotting, some canter and gallop work. However, the hill grade was minimal, couple dips, but nothing I couldn't personally run up.
The new farm has some pretty nice hills, and they are long. It takes us a few minutes to trot up to the top. I've been working him on them since day 2. Yesterday was the first day I let him canter a portion and was alarmed at how winded he was. It was like we just got done running an XC course.
Now I'm concerned I may be pushing him too hard or doing this wrong. Does anyone incorporate hill work into their routine? Do I stick to trotting? Should I be cantering?
My coach is in MD, and she suggested that I start working on his stamina since he came off the last event feeling like he was running on E.