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Friday, 21 June 2019

Why You Need To Stop Schooling Your Horse Every day

Have you ever noticed that you get stuck schooling your horse every day and don't see amazing results?  Schooling your horse should only take up about 50% of your rides each week if you want to get your horse fit and working properly.  

Horses are athletes who need a good exercise plan to reach their potential.  Here is out to plan out your horse's fitness plan.  

Cardio Day

To safely take your horse to strenuous competitions or rides, you need to prepare your horse.  Cardio not only improves stamina, but it also strengthens the heart and lungs.  Use one or two rides a week to work on cardio with your horse.  Exercises such as interval training, sprint lines and pole work will really work in this stage.  You must build up the cardio from light to hard work over a few months to adapt the horse's body correctly.  

Strength Building Day

Having 2 days of strength training each week can help will power, impulsion, coordination and joint flexion.  This is the time when you will also strengthen your horse's back, core and neck so he can carry you correctly.  At this point you will want to work on exercises like transitions downhill, canter to walk downhill, riding on uneven slopes and rein back on a hill.  You can see from these exercises we are trying to get the horse's hind legs underneath him to lift and 'round' his back.  An exercise that I love for strength training is to back the horse over obstacles like ground poles or raised poles (for advanced horses only).  

Schooling Days

You will want to work on schooling your horse with your chosen discipline twice a week.  Break these schooling sessions up between the other types of training.  When schooling your horse, don't worry about fitness training as the other days will handle this so give your horse lots of breaking and ask him to use his brain.  

This is where you really ask him to do new things, work on his position and how to carry himself correctly.  


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  


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