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post #1 of 13 Old 06-09-2009, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Conditioning help??

I need help on some stuff to do with my boy, keeping him up to show condition really and training..any help?
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-09-2009, 02:49 PM
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Trail rides, lots and lots of trail rides. Work on walking and trotting up hills, over obstacles, and around obstacles. Canter only sparingly, on the flat or up a slight incline. Be sure to pay attention to leads and use each lead equally.
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Yep - exactly.

As an Eventer * I know you aren't, but I am using me as an example * your horse has to be in top physical shape. Stron lung capacity and physical.

Hacking is the main #1 way an Eventer keeps their horses conditioned. LOTS OF IT!

I hack majority of the time, and periodically go in the arena.

Lots of walk, trot transitions. Canter trot transitions. Hill Work.

It's the best thing :) Plus, it keeps your horses mind clear, helps them relax - gets them out of that arena.
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Yep - exactly.

As an Eventer * I know you aren't, but I am using me as an example * your horse has to be in top physical shape. Stron lung capacity and physical.

Hacking is the main #1 way an Eventer keeps their horses conditioned. LOTS OF IT!

I hack majority of the time, and periodically go in the arena.

Lots of walk, trot transitions. Canter trot transitions. Hill Work.

It's the best thing :) Plus, it keeps your horses mind clear, helps them relax - gets them out of that arena.
my gelding isnt broke
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-10-2009, 01:00 AM
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my gelding isnt broke
Well, that tidbit of information would certainly help. By "show condition" most here would assume you mean for riding classes. We can't read your mind.

In that case, 15-20 minutes of lunging at the walk and trot, with a little canter, 2-3 times a week. The rest of the time you can take him on "walks" in hand on the trail or pony him from another horse on the trail. Lots of turnout time is important too, so he the freedom to exercise on his own.
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What are you showing him for? Halter I assume?


Most AQHA halter horses are exercised behind a 4-wheeler.

But I second luvs2ride. Lots of lounging, it also makes the transition to riding easier because the horse understands voice commands for gaits.

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post #7 of 13 Old 06-10-2009, 07:25 AM
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Yes, definitely lots of lunging. But don't let having an unbroke horse keep you off the trails. I've done "leading hacks" several times before, taking my horse out on the trail in hand. Wear your hiking boots! Some trail class style obstacles on the lead or lungeline can keep your horse mentally fresh, and teaching things like sidepasses from the ground to do the obstacles really helps when teaching them under saddle. Don't underestimate a good rubber currycomb session after your horse's workout, either. Really benefits their skin and coat, and acts like a massage for an athlete. Some daily turnout time to let your horse "be a horse" is a good idea, but I'm assuming your gelding already gets some pasture time. Walking and grazing still builds more muscle than standing in a stall.

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yeah he loves walks, um he goes out about four hours in the morning then comes in. He is going to a trainer in two weeks to be broke so im soo excited!
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He could use more turnout, especially being young. Stalled horses don't always develop the strongest bones and tendons as they mature. He should have at least 8 hours of turnout time a day.

How old is he?
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He could use more turnout, especially being young. Stalled horses don't always develop the strongest bones and tendons as they mature. He should have at least 8 hours of turnout time a day.

How old is he?
two years and four months, he has kind of a like small area to walk out of his stall but its not very big at all.
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