My Horse Training Regime


November 19, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Equestrian Advice


I am not an expert, but I have been riding and had horses for 15 years and this is what works for me and my horse!

 My Training Regime:

I ride my youngster 4/5 days a week to keep her fitness up and ready for the eventing season.
At the beginning of my horse training, I walk for 15 minutes and then warm up for 20 minutes.
My cool down includes walking for 15 minutes at least or a hack is a nice way to finish.

Monday – Dressage schooling for 30 hour. (Always leave on a good note)

Tuesday – Pole work for 30 minutes to encourage your horse to lift their legs.

Wednesday – Show Jumping schooling – 3 jumps I use to train, the height does not matter. My training is all about the approach to the jump and the control in-between.

Thursday – HACK DAY so relax and once warmed up have a controlled canter. I try to find a hill to use for this exercise, for building fitness and endurance.

Friday – Dressage Lesson Day – 1 hour lesson

Saturday – Prep for show day? Or day off due to my lesson the day before.

Sunday – Competition day or Hack

Tips:
  • Always leave on a good note!
  • If I go competing or on a fun ride/ endurance/ drag hunting I do not ride the day before or the day after to allow for my horses to rest.
  • Always praise when your horse has done what your have asked and well.
  • A treat can help your horse to produce saliva and relax. TOO MANY is not good though!
  • Always cool down by walking for at least 15 minutes. Allow your horse to stretch.

 

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PLEASE DO consider the feed you are giving to your horse when keeping to a training regime, they will need to have a sufficient amount of energy for their muscles to recover and to keep up.
BUT, also think about not over-feeding! A lot of people do this..  by overfeeding your horse and not riding it enough to burn the energy off, this can cause the horse to be naughty and highly wired (extremely energetic and too much to handle) or even obesity which can lead to other issues.
I recommend speaking to a Equine Nutritionist to receive the best advice regarding what brand of feed and what type of feed you should be using.
How about your training regime? Or let me know your advice about mine!
Comment below and let me know what you think and if you have liked what you have read?

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Comments
  1. julierose329 said on March 11, 2017 2:42 AM:

    I really like how you mix up your training to keep your horse interested! I am really trying to get my horse to learn to stretch down. After about 45 mins I can finally get him to stretch down at the walk right as I end my ride. Do you have any advice or exercises I could try to get him to relax through his back and stretch more?

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      FINDMYSTABLE said on March 11, 2017 3:55 PM:

      That is a great question Julierose329 I would say start from the ground up if you are struggling to get your horse to relax, therefore make sure you spend time grooming your horse before hand so that you can work on mentally and physically relaxing your horse.

      To encourage my horses to stretch down and through the back more I actually make sure I go for a hack before I start schooling in the paddock. I have found this really relaxes my horses and then once I am in the paddock they are then ready to listen.

      Remember to relax yourself, your horse will not relax if you are tense on his/her back.

      A couple of exercises can also help, such as leg yielding, working in circles that spiral out and in.

      Let me know how it goes, I would love to know if this has helped your horse?

      Any other questions, please do let me know and I will be happy to help!

      Thanks,
      Lisa

  2. kogross said on March 13, 2017 8:30 PM:

    You have put together a good training regime for your horse. I would only suggest that your warmup/cooldown times seem very long. Altogether your warmup and cooldown is 50 minutes! Most people complete a full training session in that time alone. Remember that any time you spend on your horse you are training it. So try to make the majority of your saddle time training time and not just warmup/cooldown. Have fun!

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      FINDMYSTABLE said on March 14, 2017 7:42 PM:

      Great points! I completely agree that riders may not have this much time, but I do stress that warming up properly and cooling down is very important to prevent injury. I am also in no rush, so I do ensure my horses are fully relaxed and ready before asking them to perform and this seems to work wonders!