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post #1 of 10 Old 05-27-2012, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do to get a horse back in shape?

What are some you find work really well?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-27-2012, 10:25 PM
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Getting them nice and bendy, not stiff. Both under saddle and on the ground. So working on poll flexes, getting them to stretch down. Short sessions with one goal in mind, really helps the horse to focus. Then when you start building up on what you do, like adding some trotting work in, then have a couple of goals to reach.

But think of it as playing with legos. You start with a few blocks which come together to build the foundation, and keep building and building up blocks until you have a house, then you use more blocks to add in details like the window sills, and the roof, and the chimney.

Hope that made sense and I don't sound crazy lol.
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Lots of long trotting. Builds stamina.
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A diet and making sure I get a pretty good sweat every ride (I normally quit when I get the little run marks of sweat down their sides).

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Trotting and hills, if you have them.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-29-2012, 09:51 AM
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Trotting and circles. Lots of circles of all sizes while properly bending. Walking is even good, too, especially up hills.

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riding in the sand at the beach. That is if you live near one.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-29-2012, 11:08 AM
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For the first month, do not trot or canter, or do so sparingly. It is very tough on the horses joints. Walk, walk and more walk is in order to condition the whole horse, not just the lungs and heart.
If you had been sitting on a couch for a few months would you hop up and start jogging? Think about it as if it were you getting in shape, you're going to need to walk for longer and longer periods of time before you can start jogging or running.

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- serpentines; circles; cross the diagonal; bending lines; etc.
- lots of transitions
- hill work
- bending/flexing

Here are a few articles that might help you. (:

Conditioning The Dressage Horse

Conditioning

Implementing a training schedule

Conditioning your horse for Maximum Performance

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The correct answer depends on -

First - what shape is the horse in?

Second - what is the goal for the horse?
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