[RC] Sweat, Conditioning and -40 C Weather... - Tamara Taylor
I own two geldings that have been on pasture 700 km away for the past 10 months
(because of health reasons, I couldn't ride and the board was free). They are
Arab crosses, one is 12 years old and a seasoned Eventer and one is five years
old and going well under saddle. They have not been worked much in the last
year except for pleasure trail riding in the summer. They are both very unfit
and fat right now.
I am having them shipped to a stable near me this weekend. I am very excited to
start riding again and I am aiming to try my first LD next summer, possibly my
first 50 if all goes well.
My question is...how do I get these boys in shape??? I understand the basics of
conditioning (I used to 3-Day Event) and I will take it very slow as we are all
out of shape (me included!). My main concern is that I am boarding them
outdoors where temperatures reach -40. I have access to an indoor riding arena
and horse blankets but I cannot afford indoor box stall boarding (plus I think
my boys would be miserable to be inside all the time). I don't want to run into
trouble with sticking a sweaty horse outside in the cold. Is it impossible to
condition a really out of shape horse (which would lead to sweating) and still
manage to keep them outside AND healthy? What precautions should I take? Is
clipping absolutely necessary??
If conditioning (and sweating) is going to put these boys at risk should I wait
til spring to start serious training? Is shooting for next summer a little too
optimistic of a goal???
Thanks in advance,
P.S. I was married on Oct 12 and we asked for camping equipment for gifts. Both
hubby and I are excited to get involved with endurance and all that comes with
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