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post #1 of 8 Old 05-20-2010, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hill work w/o hills

What would you suggest for conditioning work to replace hill work? Is there a good alternative that works many of the same muscles? Thx!
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-20-2010, 02:03 PM
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Cavaletti work :)
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Spirit Horse beat me too it. And the best thing is to vary the lengths of the cavaletti and to have a long row instead of just one or two. Set up 5 or six so they have to continually pick up there feet for a short distance. And change it up, make one row of cavaletti short so they really have to lift those feet and back and make some longer to make them stretch and reach forward with their legs to get through it. Shortening and lengthening strides over cavaletti will really work the back and hind end and make your horse push more from behind and get freer in the shoulder. Good luck!
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Awesome suggestion! You guys rock. :) Went out to the scrap pile and made some wood X's to get started. ;) Thx!!
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Good luck!! :)
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And please build the horse up to it. Do one cav. for the first few days, then two and three, etc and keep them low to the ground until the horse is coordinated.
These horses you see trotting through 6-7 raised cavs have been doing cav work for years.

Good luck!
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Yep, and other obstacles - small jumps, weaving in & out of posts/trees, etc.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-21-2010, 12:31 PM
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Also lots of nice crisp transitions from one gait to another, walk-trot, trot-halt, etc. A lot of them, all the time.
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