Additional benefits of the routines include increased stamina improved range of motion and fewer injuries in your well conditioned horse. Bringing the Hind Legs Forward 41. The sugar and protein content of hay changes drastically throughout a harvest season and in different weather patterns. We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards. Their stomachs become very acidic when they have to endure long stretches of time between feedings, as is commonly the case in modern stabling arrangements.
. Snake Over Poles figure 1 Place six to eight poles touching end to end in a long straight line on the ground. The quick adjustments of balance in this pattern mean that your horse will recruit muscles at varying rates of speed and intensity. As these areas of tension spread, the overall mechanism quickly loses its optimal functioning ability and its aptitude for top performance is hindered. If I am teaching a lesson, I may walk around with or sit on a horse that would otherwise just be in his stall.
In fact, can I say that everyone who wants to improve their riding and communication with their horse should read this book? Most recently, she has studied in Melbourne, Australia with Manolo Mendez, original head rider of the Royal School of Equestrian Arts in Spain, and now hosts Mendez for clinics in California. I call this working smarter, not harder. General Rules of Fitness 3. Works for me, even in a western saddle! The following exercises stimulate the nervous system in ways that, when practiced consistently, lead to permanent changes. The best solution is a good trace mineral added to their feed. Spiraling In and Out 2. Charles Ballou, and the community of exceptional horsemen and horsewomen I grew up with at the Green Mountain Horse Association in Woodstock, Vermont.
Ballou won three consecutive East Coast championships in distance riding, becoming the youngest rider in history to win the prestigious Vermont 100Mile Competition. Many riders find themselves crossing the outer edge of the poles. Depending on which condition needs to be corrected, a variety of pole routines can be used. She works tirelessly as an advocate for the understanding that proper biomechanical movement and athleticism can never happen as a result of short-cuts, force, or hurried training methods. Muscle tightness leads to an entire chain reaction as the body tries to adapt.
Feeding the right amount of good-quality food is a critical link in the fitness equation. Shoulder-In to Shallow Serpentine Betsy Steiner 29. For instance, rather than getting on and immediately beginning to school a stiff-necked Thoroughbred that showed up recently for training, I spent the first several days performing unmounted movement patterns and stretches like the ones suggested below. Ride slowly across it keeping the horse straight, without allowing him to swing his quarters around, five to eight times a day. This book will help you assess your progress and find the answers to many training questions and problems. My past experiences have led me to believe that when a horse is used in one discipline on a regular basis year after year. How the Muscles Work 2.
Most recently, she has studied in Melbourne, Australia with Manolo Mendez, original head rider of the Royal School of Equestrian Arts in Spain. The stalls at my barn are oriented so that horses can see each other, touch noses, and socialize all day. Conditioning will improve soundness, stamina, quality of motion, and longevity. Be sure the horse takes only a single step between each pole. It has been invaluable for my work.
This book is the ultimate reference for this new sport. Equine Fitness will have your horse looking and feeling his best with a series of fun exercise routines specifically designed to enhance his strength, stamina, and agility. His large gymnastic muscles will now have a new language that causes them to develop in different ways. Edited by Lisa Hiley and Deborah Burns Cover design by Alethea Morrison Art direction and text design by Cynthia N. A healthy horse is a happy horse. If you have ever had the chance to string together a few key yoga maneuvers yourself, you have likely experienced this effect on your own body.
Jec Ballou's simple conditioning program promises lasting results for healthy horses and satisfied riders. Check Hay Content Regularly There are many labs that do this for a small fee. Most recently, she spent time in Melbourne, Australia, with Manolo Mendez, original head rider of the Royal School of Equestrian Arts in Spain. They will be well synchronized with the underlying structures that support them. When overly specific training techniques are used with horses, the rider or trainer may determine that the horse is not making progress and diagnose the problem as a schooling shortfall. Storey books are available for special premium and promotional uses and for customized editions. In her latest collection of mounted and unmounted corrective exercises, Ballou demonstrates how we can actively work to improve the horse's posture and movement, whether he is an active performance or pleasure mount, an aging or older horse that benefits from gentle exercise, or one being rehabilitated following injury, illness, or lack of conditioning.
Her bestselling books and popular clinics are designed to enable any horse person to correctly apply proven principles that bring measurable progress while avoiding boredom and confusion. This assists in neutralizing stomach acidity, makes feed more easily digestible, and helps hydrate your horse. Each exercise is presented with a full arena diagram and step-by-step instructions with helpful tips. Measure the centre of the poles to be four feet apart from each other. Feed forage at least three times per day to keep the stomach less acidic, which will help keep ulcers, agitated behavior, and irregular energy at bay. Lateral Cervical Flexion Jim Masterson 23. A friend and person who rode classical dressage recommended this book, 101 Western Dressage.