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CrossCountry 06-25-2013 11:54 PM

Training for Endurance?
 
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I'm interested in joining endurance riding. My horse was specifically bred for this type of riding. How would I train her for it though? She is 9 years old and pretty well trained already. She is also in excellent condition, good strength and weight. The competition im thinking about is on September 1st. Is that enough time? I am going to start exercising and training myself, while training her.

Should I start increasing distance or speed first? I will go for a 30 mile one first. So if I ride 5 times per week I could aim for 6 miles a day. I would work on either distance or speed and then switch once we've improved on one.

I really need tips as I probably have no idea what I'm doing. Thank you in advance!

Joe4d 06-26-2013 08:16 AM

that isnt giving the horse any recovery time. Not to mention for a fit horse 6 miles isnt much of a workout. Your better off riding 15 miles twice a week. Do it at a walk, then gradually pick up the pace.
Order the book, endurance 101. you will learn alot. Nationals are in your area this year, go help with the ride, you get to see some of the best and will also learn alot.

Horsesaplenty 06-26-2013 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Joe4d (Post 2897482)
that isnt giving the horse any recovery time. Not to mention for a fit horse 6 miles isnt much of a workout. Your better off riding 15 miles twice a week. Do it at a walk, then gradually pick up the pace.
Order the book, endurance 101. you will learn alot. Nationals are in your area this year, go help with the ride, you get to see some of the best and will also learn alot.

Endurance 101 is great! I'm just getting started as well, but I've been reading like crazy.

Work long and slow distances. And when your horse is tolerating that well (heartrate pulses down quickly after a rest) then either add more distance or more speed. One or the other. They also need rest-it helps the muscles/body recover. I normally work Luka 3 days a week doing various things. Sometimes it's just roundpen work, some days it's obstacle arena work. Then other days it's nice long rides along where I live with some trotting here and there. We'll add in bits of longer trotting on the same distances. My horse is only five. I am not interested in burning out his body before his prime so I tend to ere on the side of slow and easy does it :)

Also search this forum...there is a wealth of info :)


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