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post #1 of 4 Old 04-28-2011, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about doing a mini event in 5 weeks. I need help preparing!

The event is a one day deal, and I think since it's me and Bonita's first event we'll just do "grasshopper", the level below Beginner Novice, haha!

Part of the reason I picked the easiest level is because we're not in the greatest shape. I usually ride Bonita 3 times a week, working on dressage in an arena. We haven't jumped in a while. I think five weeks is enough time to get in shape for the easiest, shortest level out there... correct me if I'm wrong!

So tell me... if you have five weeks to prepare for mini event, what would your training regimen be? Days ridden per week, what you'd work on each day, etc. I realize it depends a lot on the horse, but if I could just get a general idea...

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post #2 of 4 Old 04-28-2011, 09:03 PM
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Well, let's say you wanted to start your training regimen this sunday. I apologize in advance for length.

Week 1
Sunday - Walk/trot hack, preferably with shallow hills, but not necessary. 5 min walk, 10 min trot, 2 minutes walk, 15 min trot, cool down. When trotting make sure the horse is pushing from behind and working over their back into a contact.

Monday - Light flatwork, w/t/c.

Tuesday - Flat school, w/t/c, lateral work (something comparable to a good dressage lesson)

Wednesday - Repeat sunday work regimen.

Thursday - Flat school.

Friday - Jump school (preferably working at beginner novice heights), full courses or gymnastics or a combination of both.

Saturday - Day off.

Week 2
Sunday - Trot sets. 5 min walk, 10 min trot, 2 min walk, 15 min trot, cool down.

Monday - Light flat.

Tuesday - Flat school.

Wednesday - Trot sets, two 15 minutes + walks.

Thursday - Light flat

Friday - Flat school or jump school, whichever you need to work on more.

Saturday - Hack, some trot work.

Week 3
Sunday - Trot sets, two 15 min + walks

Monday - Light flat

Tuesday - Flat school

Wednesday - Trot sets, two 15 min + walks in between

Thursday - Light flat

Friday - Jump school

Saturday - Day off

Week 4
Sunday - Trot sets, two 15 mins + walks

Monday - Light flat

Tuesday - Flat school

Wednesday - Trot sets, same as sunday

Thursday - Flat school

Friday - Same as week 2

Saturday - Hack

Week 5
Sunday - Trot sets

Monday - Light flat

Tuesday - Flat school

Wednesday - Trot sets

Thursday - Light flat

Friday - Flat or light jump school

Saturday/Sunday - Compete, I would assume.

This is just a general schedule of what I do during the week with a horse I'm preparing to go training level on. Trot sets are pretty imperative to fitness, HOWEVER make sure where you do them is good footing, not hard, and if you have nowhere outside to do that then do it in an arena (way more boring, but it's better than your horse getting injured!). Obviously, this kind of schedule can be moved around depending on how much time you have. Personally, I do more flatwork than jumping. I jump maybe once a week, sometimes less often, sometimes more often. It depends on what I need to do. Also, if your horse hasn't schooled cross country lately (or ever) I'd substitute that in about week 3 or week 4 somewhere for another day. It really depends on you and your horse and your strengths and weaknesses. Also, if you follow this somewhat your horse should have zero problem doing the little cross country course. She'll be pretty fit.

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That. Is. Perfect! Thank you SOOO much Strange! I'm going to follow it the best I can! I'll of course listen to my horse and tweak it if I need to, but I'm excited to have something to follow. THANK YOU!!!
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You're welcome! You probably won't need to bump up to two 15 min sets of trots. Probably like two twelves but if she's already in semi good shape it's definitely possible. Like I said, tweak it a bit, it's just a general sort of schedule to give you an idea of what you could be doing.

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