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post #1 of 3 Old 11-13-2008, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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conditioning schedule?

So my horse hasn't been consistently ridden in about 7 months due to school, my job, etc. I've hopped on a couple times, but that was just to take a few laps around the arena. Anyhoodle, I've got more time so I wanna get him back in shape. Do you guys have any ideas for a schedule? I was thinking maybe starting with trot sets, maybe 3 sets of 3 minute trot sessions? I don't want to screw him up though, so any advice you have would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-14-2008, 06:52 PM
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conditioning is definitely something to take seriously.

Begin with trot. You can do quite a bit of trot, much more than three minutes, if your horse is a performance horse. Work him on a lot of circles and serpentines to help him to warm up. This is important, and will help him to develope a strong topline.

IF you have the opputunity, work uphill. Its a great exercise for you and your horse, allowing you both to develope good balance and a strong back end. And we all know how important that is.

Work in canter for short bursts in varying speeds. Work slow circles, and when your horse has more stamina and strength, you know after a few work outs. You can do a a few bursts of higher speed canter really extending it. This will help him a lot

After you've done these things for a while your horse will really have developed a lot more stamina, suppleness, and strength..

For more might help if you let us know what your horse is actually trained for....
pics may help too, to see which muscle groups he may need the most work on

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post #3 of 3 Old 11-16-2008, 10:36 PM
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Work much in walk, collected, flexed, circles, to build muscles. Walk is the gait every horse builds most muscles in when worked right, believe it or not :P
Trot to get endurance from him, feel if he's getting tired or not and adjust to that in the start, but advance slowly.

Remember that his condition/endurance can be trained in a few weeks, but the muscles takes a few months and the tendons and sceleton even longer.

Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.

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