One of the characteristics of an experienced endurance rider or competitive trail rider is not just expert knowledge of the terrain, but the ability to gauge the terrain and make decisions about the appropriate speed for the terrain. This ability is vital in determining how not just to win on speed, but to win on...Read More
That competitive edge. It might look different for different disciplines, but this intangible has its roots in the same concept: conditioning. In short, conditioning develops the musculoskeletal, neurologic, and cardiovascular systems so they can perform athletic endeavors with the greatest efficiency and the least stress on the body.Read More
Training the horse to use the specific muscles and systems involved in the sport in which the horse competes, while considering the individual horse's fitness level, are two additional principles of conditioning to consider as you work with your horse.Read More
Would you knowingly ride a lame horse? Few people would, yet in a recent study, scientists found that nearly three-fourths of study horses had significant motion asymmetry, confirmed by motion analysis.Read More
Endurance offers the opportunity to spend all day with your horse on the trails, beyond the confines of a ring or indoor arena. For those who love it, it’s an unparalleled riding experience that allows an equestrian to compete while connecting with nature and horse over a long span of time and distance, and many...Read More
Great article for all trail enthusiasts, know the trail and prepare your horse! In urban equestrian areas, off-leash dogs and baby buggies are often as common as horses. These unfamiliar, fast-moving, and loud objects can frighten horses. A few strategies can help prepare your horse for these contemporary trail obstacles and increase safety. Click here...Read More
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