SAM­PLE CON­DI­TION­ING PLAN FOR A PRE­VI­OUSLY FIT HORSE

EQUUS - - Prevention -

Ev­ery horse’s needs are dif­fer­ent, and any fit­ness pro­gram must ac­com­mo­date the in­di­vid­ual. That said, here is a ba­sic frame­work for a fit­ness plan de­signed to bring back a healthy, young horse who was fit the pre­vi­ous year. This pro­to­col is based on rid­ing four or five times per week. If you’re rid­ing only three times per week, add time to the warmups and walk­ing sets, and in­crease the pro­gram to 45 days. Week 1: Ride for one hour, mostly walk­ing with a few in­ter­vals of trot­ting that are no more than 10 min­utes each. Week 2: Ex­tend the to­tal ride time to 90 min­utes, keep­ing the same amount of trot­ting. Week 3: In­tro­duce short can­ter ses­sions, no more than three min­utes each; in­crease trot­ting ses­sion to 15 to 20 min­utes. Week 4: In­crease ride length up to two hours, with trot ses­sions of up to 20 min­utes. Keep can­ters at three to five min­utes.

Con­sult your vet­eri­nar­ian or an ex­pe­ri­enced trainer for spe­cific guid­ance tai­lored to your horse’s in­di­vid­ual needs.

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