For many of us, Spring is right around the corner, and we are starting to think about spending more time riding, whether that is preparing for a show season, looking forward to long trail rides, or just enjoying time in the saddle. Before we get too excited about all our riding goals, it is important to remember that our horses may be quite out of shape. A good conditioning plan can increase your horse’s fitness, preparing them for whatever type of riding you are looking to do, and reducing the chance of exercise related injuries.
I have always paid close attention to conditioning, a few years ago I prepared for and rode in several 25 mile endurance rides. It was a lot of fun, plus I learned a ton from the experiences. Now I focus on more general conditioning for my horses, and in today’s video, I share several principles that will apply to any type of riding.
In the video below, I share a basic 4-week conditioning schedule, plus discuss a few important factors to consider when creating and following a basic fitness plan for your horse.
Do you have any other equine fitness and conditioning tips? Put them in the comments below!
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