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post #1 of 5 Old 12-03-2012, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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25 mile trails on a four year old?

I'm fairly certain(after much debate) that I will breed my arabian mare for a 2014 anglo arab foal.

I have an Appaloosa filly(currently 2.5), that will be 4 the summer of 2014. I have saddled, bridled and done all the ground work, plus sat on her a couple times, now she is turned out for the winter. I might put 30-60 days of light riding on her next fall(at 3.5), then turn her back out for the winter. My current plan is to start riding her steadily spring 2014(when my arab is heavily pregnant/foaling), starting slowly and building up to some longer trails later in the summer. She would be worked 3-4 times a week.

By the end of the summer I would love to do a novice level compeditive trail ride with her.

Do you think this is a reasonable plan?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-03-2012, 12:03 PM
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any way you can work her some over the winter and early spring ? Age wise she sounds about right, but basically having no work and then jumpin into it hard may be pushing it a bit, Endurance 101 is a new book that has come out that is really good and gets into training programs for new horses. Gearing more towards building a lifetime endurance horse as apposed to a flash in the pan. I think getting some work done over the winter even once a week, then adding twice a week, then building to 3-4 as weather improves would be fine. I wouldnt start with 3-4 days of riding. on a 3 day schedule, I would ride one day, day two would be mental, IE obstacles, dressage lesson, ground work, short putz around rides near traffic , teaching to eat/drink on command. Then the 3rd day ride again. The first year lays a foundation and is when injuries can happen. A horse gets in cardio fitness very quickly, yet it takes a long time for the skeletal and muscular system to catch up.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-03-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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I should clarify, her training shedule will likely be 30-60 days(october/november 2013) Kicked out december/jan/feb. Light riding starting end of feb/march(depending on footing), gradually working up to 25 miles by august. She would get worked 3-4 days a week, but at first it may just be 1 10 minute bareback session, one trail ride, one light arena session, maybe one ground work session.
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sounds like a plan, 6 months of build up should be plenty to turtle a 25 miler.
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IMO no. Way too much. Look up Dr Deb Bennett's work for more information as to why.
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