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    10-17-2010, 06:25 AM
Bringing a horse back into work...

What kind of regime should I be looking at for an 11 year old, lightly pregnant mare, TB X Welsh Section D who has been out of work for about 2 years? She is my first horse, 15.2 and I don't really know what kind of regime I should be working to, to get her fit and back in work again...
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    10-17-2010, 12:09 PM
I would just start again with a normal training. First you should check how fit she is. Your training has to take that into account. Another thing is, that you should do a good warm up, everytime you're riding her.
    10-17-2010, 12:43 PM
What I would do is just start her in walk for 20 minutes a day for about a week, preferably up and down small, not too steep hills if possible, to increase her fitness.
Around the second week I'd increase the riding time to 30-40minutes and stay in walk.
Third week I'd introduce short bursts of trot and more hill work but stick to about 30-40 minutes riding time as well as introducing light schooling.
Fourth week would be longer trots and ride time as well as slightly harder schooling.
Fifth week would be introducing short canters out on hacks and geting hacks up to an hour, hour and a half. Schooling would what ever I felt they needed work on, so a horse who was stiff through the neck would be doing bending work whereas a horse with trouble in transitions would do transition work.
Sixth week would be doing hacks that are mostly trot with some canter for around an hour to an hour and a half. Schooling would still be what needed working on.
Seventh week, hacks would go up to around an hour and a half to two hours mostly trot with longer canters. Schooling would may be include some polework and would still be what needed working on.
Eightth week would be 2 hour hacks mostly trot and canter. Schooling would be what ever needed work.
This is only loose and depends on which horse needs what. So a pony I rode last year while he was fat his fitness wasn't too bad and since we had to go up and down a large, steep hill if we wanted to ride he got fit a lot quicker. Whereas a TB I rode afterwards was fit but needed more schooling than anything else.

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