Building muscle/stamina without over working her?

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    01-05-2010, 09:28 PM
Question Building muscle/stamina without over working her?

My mare was a little over weight and we brought her back down to a good heathy size, She is however pretty out of shape.
Recently I moved her to a barn MUCH closer to my house and can be with her anytime any day and am able to ride a lot more often. Of corse my friends and I like to run our horses a little when we have a safe place to do it however she gets to breathing very heavy pretty fast so I DO NOT want to over work her and start to cause problems.

So my question is how can I safely work on building muscle and stamina in her safely and know I am not doing to much?
Any tips are greatly appreciated!
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    01-05-2010, 09:37 PM
I read this in an article by Jim Wofford in a recent issue of Practical Horseman.

Walk for muscle
Trot for balance
Canter for wind.

For muscle, there's nothing better than a really energetic forward walk on uneven terrain. If you have any gentle sloping hills, or better rolling ones, that's the best place to start. I think it was the November issue if you want to read the article.
    01-05-2010, 09:44 PM
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MBP I love that! That is what I was taught years ago, and judging by the horses at that particular barn, certainly true. The "working" walk is so overlooked in its benefits imo. Great post.
    01-06-2010, 10:44 AM
Thanks a lot I will look that up! ^_^
    01-07-2010, 08:20 AM
There is an approximate training regime for competitive trail riding in their introduction to CTR. It starts with 5 miles of walking daily.

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