Does annyone have a horse training logbook? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 20 Old 06-01-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Does annyone have a horse training logbook?

Hello all,
I am looking for a horse training log. What I mean by this is a logbook for information about a training session to be recorded. I am looking for a fairly basic one that almost anyone can use. I realize that I can make one myself to fit my need exactly, but I wanted to see what was out there before I put a bunch of time and work into an Excel sheet or a Table in a word doc. If anyone has a simple logbook that they have used for training please feel free to upload it or attach it. If I cannot find one and I make one, I will be sure to post it in here and in another thread for anyone to use.

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post #2 of 20 Old 06-01-2012, 11:11 PM
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I've never seen one, but it seems like a very good idea! I would include the date, length of ride, the weather, and what you did/how your horse was. With a calender-type one, you can also plan dates to train and days not to.

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I've never seen one, but it seems like a very good idea! I would include the date, length of ride, the weather, and what you did/how your horse was. With a calender-type one, you can also plan dates to train and days not to.
I was thinking very similar. I'd change length of ride to length of workout since some horses cannot be ridden or some people (like myself) are unable to ride at times. I do like your idea for the weather since most horses have more silly and hyper energy on colder or windy days. So good idea there!

So here's what I've decided, and yes I think I will make my own.

Date
Length of Workout
Weather and Other Factors
Comments and Notes

Anyone else have anything to add?
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post #4 of 20 Old 06-01-2012, 11:59 PM
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I was thinking very similar. I'd change length of ride to length of workout since some horses cannot be ridden or some people (like myself) are unable to ride at times. I do like your idea for the weather since most horses have more silly and hyper energy on colder or windy days. So good idea there!

So here's what I've decided, and yes I think I will make my own.

Date
Length of Workout
Weather and Other Factors
Comments and Notes

Anyone else have anything to add?
I love the idea! If you get it made you should make sure to post it!
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post #5 of 20 Old 06-02-2012, 12:16 AM
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I've always kept a notebook of all my riding and training sessions as well as just general info I pick up that I feel might be useful later.
I have a poor memory, so it really helps.
But I've always just used a spiral notebook (different one for each horse and then another for notes about my riding and another for general care and medical notes) and treated it more like journal entries rather than a structured chart to fill out.

I usually include what the goal was for that session. I always go into each riding or training session with a specific goal in mind. Something I intend to accomplish or at least improve upon each time.

You might also want to include... hmmm not sure how to phrase this... like horse's mental and physical condition. Like how long before the horse showed sweat or heavy breathing, or how good the horse's focus was. That way you can follow how your horse's physical conditioning. And it might help you identify situations under which your horse loses focus.

I dunno, I typically just write whatever comes to me lol
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I've used them for most times that I had particularly difficult horses in training. I didn't use anything fancy though, just a day planner and my notes were pretty much un decipher able to anyone by myself lol
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I've used them for most times that I had particularly difficult horses in training. I didn't use anything fancy though, just a day planner and my notes were pretty much un decipher able to anyone by myself lol
ETA: what I included:
Horse's state of mind
Length of ride/session
Accomplishments
What to work on next time
And random notes that I deemed important (horses quirks, preferences, his body language, any major corrections I had to use, how hard he had to be worked, etc)

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like this :)

I have one

Riders Diary

Super handy
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WOW at the cost!!! Why not buy quality paper, set it up on computer, save it, and print it off as you want/need it.
Set up Time: Time spent for a customized photo added in
Type selection
Font selection
Format selection/set-up

Paper- 10.30$ (heavy bond/multi purpose /found several with free shipping)
5.00 regular 20lb typing paper for cost tracking/health notes/goal sheets for weight/board fees/training fees/cost ananlysis

3 Ring Binder/ Notebook (Plastic insert cover) 3$ to 19$ depending on size and features.

Cover Photo for binder-Pro-Prints at WalMart are like 8$ for an 8x10 or you

can print out your own on photo or heavy card stock

Dividers Multi Colored with removable tabs-$3.60
So say

15.30 Paper (100 pg training 250 assorted)
5.00 regular
10.00 Notebook
10.00 Paper
8.00 Photo
3.60 Dividers
10.00 time spent designing 1HR. If you want to count this in the cost
61.90 subtotal
Round up to cover ink cost

70.00 total home version per 100pgs

posted training manual @ 24.95 binder
12.50 S&H
5 assorted packs 20pg@ 9.95= 49.75
87.20 per 20 pgs

So even with additional set up time and ink it would well pay to do your own IMO

Sorry frugal living becomes a habit :P BTW if anyone wants one of these contact me about 100$ cost plus shipping LOL
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"BTW if anyone wants one of these contact me about 100$ cost plus shipping LOL"

This was a joke btw. When I have time I'll post mine for a review though.
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