Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
IF your Vet says she's okay, then you probably just need to plan her exercise so that you gradually increase the work. She may just have a cadio-vascular system that is out of shape. Check her at-rest heart rate, take it after she's had ONE workout--don't tie her up when she's breathing hard after a workout--then walk cool and take it again. Plan on a slow warm-up, a 35 minute workout and a longer cool down--MY lessons were 10 minute walk (warm-up), 40 minute lesson (20 review, 20 min. new stuff), and 10 minutes cool down (they were woked 10 lessons/week, btw, and in very good shape.) I found that if you stay in the saddle while walking cool the heart rate drops quicker than getting off and walking bc we don't cover as much ground as a horse does at a walk.
Race horses are walked "cool" about one hour after a 2 minute race, to get their heart rates down.
Also, I suggest that you go look at some training videos to compare, while you're online. I know that when I watch Clinton Anderson's training videos he will get a horse pretty winded, breathing hard, in about 15 minutes. It's the RECOVERY that is important. If you research human athletes, especially those who run marathons, you'll discover that people in super-good physical shape recover their breath rather quickly, and their blood pressure shows a slower heartbeat than the average person has.
Last edited by Corporal; 01-12-2012 at 02:14 PM.