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post #11 of 24 Old 08-11-2013, 10:25 PM
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Just because you don't have access to trails, that doesn't mean he can't have an under-saddle "easy day". Tack him up once a week and just walk around the facility. He still gets out and moving, but he isn't working so hard mentally and it isn't completely draining. He needs days off too.
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post #12 of 24 Old 08-11-2013, 10:26 PM
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my horses do 4 rounds of jumping and also hack at a one day show and I still have to ride home and my horse pulls. What is he being fed?
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post #13 of 24 Old 08-12-2013, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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He is fed Bermuda grass hay as primary source of nutrition. However I give him a 5 pound bucket of timothy pellets and Integrity stabilized rice bran pellets, every morning. I was thinking of giving him some supplemental feed as well... I'm just worried whatever i give him will make him more spooky and reactive than he already is!

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post #14 of 24 Old 08-12-2013, 12:44 AM
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I have to be honest here. I used to be a professional groom with a show jumping facility in NZ (a very good facility) and when we travelled to shows none of the horses did more than two jumping classes a day. The all worked five days a week and had turn out all day on grass and all they got at night was hay and a handful of oats, even the BIG jumpers. I think your horse was exhausted.

Can you get access to turn out so he's not so reactive and spooky? That's half your battle.
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post #15 of 24 Old 08-12-2013, 01:04 AM
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I think it's a lot to ask a horse to do four rounds in a day, not necessarily "too much" but I wouldn't be that surprised he was tired.
I don't think it was too much either for a horse in complete fitness - but for this horse, on this day, it was too much.

Muppet, when I was competing seriously, I only had one horse, and would only do a max of two classes a day too. But they were bigger classes than that, and so more strenuous, however my horse was incredibly fit. So I suppose that evens it out a bit.

OP - Glad your horse had access to water and hay. If you want to compete on this level again, your horse really needs more fitness. You can walk him up and down the lane to the barn, around the local quiet roads, you don't need trails.

I'd suggest until his fitness increases significantly, then you should both only do one class if you both want to show on the same day.
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post #16 of 24 Old 08-12-2013, 01:19 AM
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Yep, unfortunately it sounds like you asked for more than he was fitted to give. That's a lot of work on a horse that gets limited exercise time.

Think of it like this...if a person jogs 2-3 miles a day on the treadmill, they are in relatively decent shape...but ask them to go run a 10K cross country marathon and they're going to give out before it's all over.

A horse is capable of doing nearly any amount of work that the rider can ride for, but they have to be properly fitted for it.
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post #17 of 24 Old 08-12-2013, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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Well... if nothing else... it was a lesson well learned. I had never shown my horse before, and thus, didn't know really what to expect. I would still like to be able to build up his endurance and fitness. Unfortunately, I was always under the impression that my horse was pretty fit........?
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post #18 of 24 Old 08-12-2013, 02:12 AM
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Well... if nothing else... it was a lesson well learned. I had never shown my horse before, and thus, didn't know really what to expect. I would still like to be able to build up his endurance and fitness. Unfortunately, I was always under the impression that my horse was pretty fit........?
Hey live and learn, you didn't know. And no one is attacking you, just making suggestions.

Your horse will live, and now you know you won't push him so much.

It's ok.
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post #19 of 24 Old 08-12-2013, 02:14 AM
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Alex is right, you live and learn. Your horse is fine. You didn't hurt him, he just wasn't able to give you his all toward the end.
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post #20 of 24 Old 08-12-2013, 02:20 AM
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And that's what's hard about the horse world, you don't really always know what you don't know.

If someone asks me a math problem, it's pretty clear I don't know it.

If something new comes up with a horse (like all the time) I blunder in, and deal with it in the way I think is best, then I realize that wasn't the best way of dealing with it.

The only way forward is to learn, and that's what we do every day with horses.
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