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  • Horse in shape 2 days a week

 
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    03-18-2011, 11:01 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
This site has a nice short little blurb about conditioning and such.

Riding 2 days a week will probably not be good to get your horse into shape. It might be enough once you have your horse in shape. But it does not seem like a fair/safe way to get your horse into shape.

So much depends on your horse's living situation and how much time you have to prepare.

I got a quite chubby, not-been-worked-for-a-year arab competition-ready only riding twice a week.. but she is pasture-kept and I took several months to prepare us both.


There is some great information about conditioning found here and many useful links here.
     
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    03-19-2011, 01:59 AM
  #12
Green Broke
BE

Gidget isn't a pasture puff..well for 2 weeks she has been because of the rain is so bad. I slipped today by just leading her out to the pasture O.O Super slick out!
Do you use the heart monitors? I will have to prepare and I think I found the perfect pad for my treeless saddle. What kind of saddle do you use? Western,english,endurance,treeless?
How many miles did you do for your first competition?
     
    03-19-2011, 01:09 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Okay,so I wrote ther lady who is in charge of the CTR in June and I asked how many miles and it's only 6 so I know this would be GREAT for us starting out! I wish it was atleast 10 miles though =/ I still plan on going. It should be really fun and where they are holding the CTR I have already been there and rode around =D
     
    03-19-2011, 07:14 PM
  #14
Weanling
I don't know about trotting that far, I have an endurance saddle and love it
     
    03-19-2011, 08:32 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Gidget    
BE

Gidget isn't a pasture puff..well for 2 weeks she has been because of the rain is so bad. I slipped today by just leading her out to the pasture O.O Super slick out!
Do you use the heart monitors? I will have to prepare and I think I found the perfect pad for my treeless saddle. What kind of saddle do you use? Western,english,endurance,treeless?
How many miles did you do for your first competition?

I ride in an English saddle -- a wintec AP. I've never used a heart monitor, but I will get off and use stethoscope to count up pulse and respiration. They sound like good tools though. And my first competition was 17 miles. ;)
     
    03-20-2011, 02:09 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Nice! I LOVE wintecs.
How often to you record the P and R's?
I will feel dumb but is there a special way you do it or is it doing it for 1 minute x's 4?

17 miles..good for you! That's excellent..this one is only 6 miles..I don't know why as there is a lot of land! It's the closest one to me so I will do that one first.
     
    03-20-2011, 02:13 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Oh and what kind of pad do you use?

I just got a treeless barefoot cheyenne and a HAF pad that was customized..got it used for only $125 =D She added a lot of other things to the pad which equalled up to $355 so I got a good deal.

What got you into wanting to do LD and CTR?
     
    03-21-2011, 08:46 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Gidget    
this one is only 6 miles..I don't know why as there is a lot of land! It's the closest one to me so I will do that one first.
what organization is holding that CTR? Around here, the intro rides are all about 15 miles. Interesting to have a 6 mile one. Might seem a lot less daunting to the newcomers though.
     
    03-22-2011, 12:44 AM
  #19
Green Broke
It's ACTHA that is holding it...it's really odd. I might not go to it since it's only 6 miles. I can easily do six miles and so can my horse so it's nothign real special. There is a 30 mile one in June though.
     
    03-22-2011, 11:24 AM
  #20
Yearling
That's why my recommendations of twice a week would be fine. The ACTHA rides are all short rides, And any horse ( unless they are really a pasture potato) should be able to walk 6 miles.
     

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