Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Stay on the trails. They are your best friend right now.
Eventers hack, hack, hack, hack, hack and hack some more after they hack. Why? Because the natural terrain is the best place to condition your horse muscle wise, to build their lung capacity and their heart strength. And, it conditions you.
You have hills. You get uneven terrain. You get twists and turns and the best part, you get out of that arena - which is the best medicine for both horse and rider mentally.
While I am out hacking, I forget that I am hacking for conditioning, I am having too much fun.
The trails, right now, are your best friend.
What I do every Spring after the snow is mostly melted, we get out onto the trails. Conditioning for the Eventing season is imperative.
Start out at a walk for about 20 mintues. Then move into a trot for about 2 mintues. Then go back to the walk. Walk again for about 10 mintues. Trot again for 2, walk again, trot again. Don't push it.
Leave it at that for now. Eventually you can raise the time incraments.
Go out there for a good hour. Bring a friend, makes it more enjoyable. Do this as often as you can.
Last edited by MIEventer; 10-22-2009 at 10:26 PM.