I found an article at http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=814 written by Les Sellnow. You will need to signup and login to read the article. His conditioning program was interesting in that the milage you ride doesn't keep going up and up and up. After the second week of training your horse is doing a medium trot of a set distance of five to eight miles daily, third week extended trotting and some slow cantering over a five mile course, and some hill work. Week four intensive hill climbing added. The writer suggests keeping longer training rides at 12 miles or less with at least 2 full days off a week to let the horse repair and recharge.
With this training schedule in mind, what you are doing is a set course of 5-8 miles during the week. You will not increase that distance, but rather increase your speed of the same course until you get to the point that the work out is done with a warm up, fast trot and intermittent cantering, cool down. Recording the horse's recovery post ride, watching those numbers that they come down quickly. The author also stressed the importance of knowing your horse's body, palpating muscles, legs, and keeping track of any changes. He also stressed the importance of not over training. The article is a good read, and a different spin on the conditioning of the distance horse than I've seen. ~E.G.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
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