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post #11 of 27 Old 05-19-2009, 02:06 PM
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You can do plenty with a 3 year old that will help its future career. Slow trail rides of medium length introducing it to various things is a good start. Make sure the horse is comfortable with cars, random dogs, people and other horses on the trail. Work on balance under saddle, perfecting a side-pass and seat cues needed to go around obsticles, etc. 3 is a good age to focus on perfecting the basics that will help with your future distance trail riding.

Then as a 4 year old start the true conditioning with long slow rides, hill work, etc.

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post #12 of 27 Old 05-19-2009, 03:13 PM
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If you are worried about the physical conditioning through riding, why not start conditioning the mind. Can this horse become a pack horse that you could pony him off your experienced trail horse with. He can get out in the world, learn a little footing, maybe carry a little weight(if you go the literal pack horse route), and get some good exercise in the meantime. Only of course if you are comfortable with that.
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post #13 of 27 Old 05-19-2009, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Great Idea!!! thanks
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post #14 of 27 Old 05-19-2009, 04:05 PM
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i think a 3 year old is too young to really be conditioning and hitting the trails hard, but liks lady dreamer said, conditioning his mind would great. And maybe take him out on short easy trail rides just to get him use to the work.

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post #15 of 27 Old 05-19-2009, 04:16 PM
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I think your vet knows best and you should take her advice. If she says he is solid enough to begin slow training than by all means begin working with him. Three is a wonderful age to get him exposed to new and "scary" things out on the trails. Listen to him, he will tell when he is working too hard. If the vet is going to continue monitoring him that's even better because she'll be able to gauge whether you should slow down his training further or continue along at the pace you're currently at. By the end of three year old year he should have been exposed, at shorter distances, to a number of obstacles and types of terrain he will encounter during a long distance ride. As a four year old you can than continue his conditioning with longer rides, and begin to build on his ability to complete long distances. :)
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post #17 of 27 Old 05-20-2009, 12:09 AM
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How long was he in training? I'm just curious:)
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post #18 of 27 Old 05-20-2009, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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He is still there for another two weeks. He will have had 60 days when he comes home. he is coming along nicely. We still have TONS of work ahead of us lol. he will be coming home for the summer and going back in to training in the fall for more detailed training
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post #19 of 27 Old 05-20-2009, 12:22 AM
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If you are worried about the physical conditioning through riding, why not start conditioning the mind. Can this horse become a pack horse that you could pony him off your experienced trail horse with. He can get out in the world, learn a little footing, maybe carry a little weight(if you go the literal pack horse route), and get some good exercise in the meantime. Only of course if you are comfortable with that.
*thumbs up* I think this is a splendid idea.

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post #20 of 27 Old 05-20-2009, 01:06 PM
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Here the minimum age for a Level I distance ride (25-39K) is 5 years old. If you have been doing endurance for ten years then I am sure you must be familiar with the rules and regulations of the sport. LSD conditioning is great for a younger horse who has the ground and saddle training basis that makes them safe to ride on a trail. A few years of the correct trail work can prepare them physically and mentally for the stresses of a distance competition. You should check out a great website for lots of valuable information on the sport of endurance.
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