I barrel race. I know where your coming from. Start out with small work. Warm up, like start out with a crap load of trotting. Then canter. Then trot and canter equal amounts, obviously long periods of time, like a half an hour for each gait, but both directions. I always work my horse to a sweat, and then sprint him once before cooling down. Breeze him out, find a stretch of land to totally sprint. Don't do it frequently. Mostly do the warming up of trotting and cantering and eventually galloping. Then do all of that consistently and then breeze him a week or two later. Getting my point? I would also put him on joint support, I do that for my horse and his knees are healing tremendously.
Yea thanks harlee rides horses I will try that and he has some stuff for his knees to help him so don't worry I got that covered..
I still think he is fine and when I say by his limits I know how long and how fast he can run. Look I know the dangers of running but honestly just because he had an injury with his knees years ago you expect me to baby him the rest of his life. I want him to enjoy being a horse and running and basically having fun. I know he isn't having any pain because if he was he would have his knees wobbling alot and would favor his leg I know his "i'm in pain" looks. I think I know my horse pretty well.
I just wanted to see some better techniques to get him running good and safely but all you guys seem to want to do is complain to me about it except for a few people. Its not like i'm racing him for a living its a friendly simple race between me and my friend.
You could also get a book and its called barrel racing 101. I understand that your not going to do barrel racing or anything but it has those exercises in them. Like the lady warms her horses up by making them do the trotting, loping on one lead, trotting, loping on the other lead. For a total of 7 miles if I'm correct.
Yea that's probably good or I can just borrow some books from my friend that does barrel racing. I really should look into that though because Junior has an issue with changing his leads while running...i don't know if that means he slowed down or what but yea it gets bumpy when he does it.
Well, if your running, to the top of his ability, in a straight away, he shouldn't change leads, especially for a race because it slows them down, and there is no need to change leads when running straight. Although I may be misconceiving what you are saying.