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    11-10-2012, 07:24 PM
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Hi there everyone,
just wondering what you all think of my thoroughbred bijou. He's just off the track and I want to keep him tiptop condition for shows. Currently I take him out for a hack every morning for about 1-2hrs at around 7am and then he's out in the fields from 9am until 4pm then we work on join up and he gets a good session of lunging. We finish the lunging around 5pm/5.30pm and he's left to cool down for an hour so at around 6.30pm I take him out for another hack either up the mountain, through the forest or down to the beach where he's allowed to wade through the water and enjoy himself. Then at around 8pm we arrive back and he's turned out in the paddock until 10pm then he's stabled for the night. Amongst all this he gets regular grooming and baths. Does anyone have any opinions on how I am training him and keeping him fit? Is there a better way? Bijou is used to a lot of intense training as he is an ex-race horse.
Let me know! :)
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    11-10-2012, 07:33 PM
Was he given any time off after coming off the track? Both mine were given a month off to let their fitness deteriorate (you don't want a racing-conditioned TB in the early stages of the retraining process) and just let them settle down after the chaos of track life. While it sounds like he's in excellent physical condition, you should be mindful of his mental state and keep an eye out for signs that he's being mentally overburdened.

He's a beautiful boy.
    11-10-2012, 07:52 PM
Yes he was given 2months of relaxation in with other ex-racers as well, he has personally settled very well as he is calm and laid-back but when he first arrive he was tempermental and restless. I think he has adjusted brilliantly into his new surroundings and routine, and he does get a day off every sunday where he spends all day in the paddock and I only work him lightly on saturdays. The routine I posted up previously is from mon-fri only :) thanks for that advice and will definetly pay close attention to his mental state x
    11-10-2012, 07:57 PM
Personally from the pictures you posted he doesnt look like he's even getting exercised! Are those pictures current? Or can you post some better ones with good angles?
    11-10-2012, 08:09 PM
Well he does get exercised, those pics were taken around 2weeks ago. Im afraid I don't have any other pics to post yet as I've lost my camera. I will take your opinion on board altthough I don't think he looks as bad as you say even from those pics. Still thanks for posting :)
    11-10-2012, 09:20 PM
I didnt say he looked bad. All I meant to say is that from what I can see in those pictures (bit of a pudge, okay topline, little muscling in the neck, gaskins, and front legs) he doesnt look like he's getting his muscles built like I would expect him too if he's being worked corrently full time.

However the angles of the pictures are quite bad, I went on to say the pictures might be old, or he might just not be working as efficiently as he could.

Im not bashing by any means. I have a TB of my own who gets no exercise whatsoever so I have no room to say anything about how fit one is. You just asked for an opinion so I gave it
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    11-10-2012, 09:50 PM
He'd be better with a day off during the week and on day on the weekend. It would give his muscles a chance to recoup.
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    11-10-2012, 09:58 PM
You do that everyday? I'd agree with Saddlebag, a couple days off would be nice.
    11-11-2012, 08:50 AM
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I used to ride 6 days a week with the 7th off.. but then I used the horse on the farm so they had to work (checking fences, crops and cattle). That being said, I usually had two horses (one less broke than the other) and since I usually had to go out twice a day I would switch horses so each got ridden 1X a day.

I would like to see photos of him set up nicely and could give a better opinion. When you hack him out do you take him up any hills? Hill work is more important than just going along. What are you doing other than hacking? Any work on collection, leads, transistions and so forth? All those things will help him be a better hack and help him build muscle to look and be his very best.

I suggest one ride a day.
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    11-11-2012, 09:10 AM
Texasblaze - I understand what your saying don't worry :) and thanks guys maybe il change my schedule around a bit and yes I do ride up hills and through water and I regularly practise transitions and I have 2 say I havent quite perfected getting him to collect his canter, but we're working on it!

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