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post #1 of 1 Old 08-24-2010, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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letting them down

I have kept four of horses at top fitness since April im now finding them getting sour so i know its time to let them down for a month.

Normally when i let down i reduce riding from 6days down to 3 days then nothing over say 3weeks i will also move them from a field with minimal grazing to a large field with plenty of grass.

I normally leave them out for maybe 3weeks to a month depending on how they were feeling before i let them out,weight gain, weather conditions etc.

In the beginging of October i bring them in and start to winter them up and introdice just gentle hacks to keep themfresh. I dont start working them properly untill the end of December. I will then build up everything really slowly and aim for full fitness in April.

For me full fitness means riding 6 days a week for an hour or more a mix of schooling, jumping and hacking i also start to compete them once a week moving up to twice a week for the entire summer.

I was wondering does anyone else let there horses down for winter and how they do it? And if they have any changes i can make to my plan

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