Fitness for you and your Horse
Members should know the basics of bringing different types of horses into work and the reasons why a
progressive conditioning program is important in conjunction with a feeding program. They should understand the
concepts on long, slow training and interval training, the differences and advantages of both. They should also
understand the importance of rider fitness and be able to develop a program to improve their own level of fitness.
Choose one of the following scenarios and write up a short conditioning program, including feeding schedule:
Members could undertake these projects themselves after a clinic or discussion on conditioning and feeding.
- Three-year-old who has never been ridden before.
- Broodmare coming back into work after a foal.
- Sixteen-year-old gelding, only done light trail riding for the last three years.
- Middle-aged, fat pony who has been turned out for five years, coming back into work.
Members should develop a fitness program suitable for their level of competition or riding.
Members should attend an education session or clinic with a phys ed instructor or coach who is knowledgeable
about exercise programs. In conjunction with their coach they can develop their own fitness plan. Provide an
attendance sheet if you wish along with a check list for the project.