Ok so last august i qualified my girl for the Championships this summer which is like the best thing ever!! Now though due to college injuries(her not me) we have done nothing solid really since October we did one or two cross country competitions to keep her ticking over few hunts and the like but since christmas with flooding, snow the likes she has basically done NOTHING team trining starts in 2months and i want her to be in as good a form as possible any tips on how to get her ready for competitions that are inevitable coming up with the team she is going to be doing weekend training camps over night eventing and lots of travelling i need her in great condition for the actual Champions. At the moment she is a bit skinny still from the harsh winter so she is currently all day grazing and in at night to keep her diet in check. We have a full cross country course, arena and the likes plenty of hills for hacking and stuff so what i was wondering is how do you guys get your eventers ready?? Like this is a seriously big project it crept up quite quickly on me!! I need all her muscles to begin developing and her fit enough and healthy looking?? Can anybody help me with this? She will be ridden 6days a week for an hour could be + if necessary and grazing 9 hours a day
Thanks in advancce
What in the world is college injuries?
o sorry forgot to put a comma i meant college for me and injuries on her behalf sorry about that!
It means her horse got hurt doing a keg-stand at a frat party, MI.
First and foremost, forrage is the most important feed to be giving your horse. The more forrage they get, they better it is for their system and tummy. When she is in at night, I would ensure that she has plenty of hay infront of her so that her stomache will not be empty.
If she is a bit skinny, I would me making sure she has access to forrage 24/7.
What kind of feed is she getting? If she is skinny, this is something to seriously consider! Because when you start conditioning, she will get worse weight wise.
My guy is out in a large paddock with grass, and a round bale infront of him. He is out all day and all night and only comes in to eat his breakfast and dinner.
He is getting 3lbs of purina ultium and 2lbs of purina senior, twice a day + Suppliments.
Conditioning - with where your mare currently stands, I would do alot of walk work. Lots of long and low and engaging her forward to move under herself. I would do alot of walk for the first week.
I would get out and hack, hack, hack and then hack some more after you've hacked. But WALK.
Then incorporate trot in the 2nd week. Long and low work, walk, trot transitions and hacking.
Do this for 6 days a week, for 2 weeks - you can start incorporating canter work. Not before.
I would firstly be looking at proper feeding regime before conditioning.
Ye she is 5acres on her own currently to fatten her up gets 2sections of Hay at night and in the morning before she goes out for the day. She gets fed 2 scoops of just non heating coarse mix morning and evening. She is an anglo-arab so gets very fizzy she does well on basic coarse mix. The reason she is not proper weight is that winter was very harsh and unexpected this year tempretures were -20'C here and it was just impossible to keep there weight up all horses arent looking the greatest this summer but she is picking up slowly!
At the moment she can take about half an hours basic riding realistically so should i treat her as starting afresh or go from there i have every kind of terrain to work with at home so fling all your ideas at me!!
Have you considered beet pulp? I keep my horse on a mix of oats, corn, and beet pulp. He was on the sweet feed this winter+ beet pulp, but with the rich grass, he doesn't need the sweet feed for the high sugar content. The beet pulp is great, because it puts carbs in and weight on, without making them get nutty and way too spunky. =]
I would start as MIEventer suggested, but I would incorporate hillwork, especially keeping her low and relaxed uphill, to build up muscle. Backing up hills, starting from the ground, is also a great muscle-builder. =]
I would put her on beetpulp but she is very flighty and highly strung so the less sugars the better also she came to me as a serious problem horse and when she gets wound up she forgets her training and reverts so i like to limit any excess energy to maintain all control! Ye i will try that toorrow definitely backing up hills..... never heard that before do you literally stand at the base of a small hill and back up it??
Try rice bran if you have hotness problems. It's a fat, not a sugar, and shouldn't affect her temperment
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