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  • Western horse conditioning
  • Tips for conditioning school horses

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    04-08-2012, 08:36 PM
Conditioning ?

Any tips on conditioning ?
I'm working with a 15 year old APHA mare who could use some more muscle . She's kept on pasture with hay 24/7 and a scoop of grain 2x a day .
I ride her at least 2x a week (Once school is over this should increase) and we do a lot of hour+ trail rides .

Any tips/ideas would be amazing !
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    04-08-2012, 08:40 PM
Long trotting is always good :) especially on hills.
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    04-08-2012, 08:40 PM
Trotting up hills is one of the best conditioning exercises for you & the horse.
    04-08-2012, 09:54 PM
Ok thanks ! We have a ton of hills so I'll work on it !
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    04-09-2012, 01:07 PM
As others have said long trot. But your not going to get your horse that conditioned only twice a week riding. I like to work them at least 4 days, and they still arnt is the best shape they could be if I work them everyday.
    04-09-2012, 01:16 PM
She's ridden more than twice a week, as she belongs to the barn I ride at and she's a great trail/kid horse . I'm just the one who rides her the most and am planning on buying her . Once school ends I plan on riding her at least 4 or 5 times a week . I just want to get her conditioned for showing and all around health . We won't be hardcore showing, just 5 or 6 open shows .
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    04-09-2012, 01:18 PM
Changing up what you do is also good for conditioning. Work different muscle groups.

Once in shape - horses do not lose the condition the way their human counterpart does.
    04-09-2012, 01:31 PM
We do new things a lot . When we're not doing trails we're doing barrel work, reining patterns (no sliding stops and very minimum spinning) and sometimes English flat work and very low jumps . Hopefully we'll start doing team sorting as well . We've never done anything intense except trails .
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