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Monday, 4 June 2018

How to Create The Perfect After Ride Schedule

1.  Stretch

The same as last weeks 'How to Create The Perfect before Ride Schedule ' you should stretch your horse after work.  It is important to never stretch cold muscles so jump off and do this before you cool your horse down.  Read here.

2.  Cool Down

Cooling down the horse is important to slow the breathing, lower the horse's temperature and cool muscles.  I would recommend walking your horse (either riding, hand walking or horse walker) for 20 minutes after your ride to properly cool the horse down.  I usually go on a small hack to warm up and cool down my horses.

3.  Ice boots

I have added icing my horse's legs after work and think it really helps their legs to cool down.  A horses legs get very hot while being ridden which can cause a lot of damage in the long run.  This means we want to get the horses legs cold after each ride instead of slowly letting them cool.

4.  Groom or wash down

After riding it is important to remove any sweat and dust.  Depending on the weather either give your horse a good groom or wash your horse off if it is hot.  I like to use a cooling gel, leaving it on for 10 minutes and rinsing it off.


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