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Re: [RC] physiology & conditioning - Kristen A Fisher

Now, why the HECK do you want to train the week after a competition. What
better training ride is there in the world than a competition? When is your
horse getting stronger? Do you think you're making him stronger WHEN you're
conditioning? You're not. That's when we do damage. Doing small amounts of
damage on conditioning rides is how we convince the horse's body that it
needs to lay down reinforcements, strengthening bones, ligaments and
building muscle. It does NOT do this DURING training. It does it on off
days. If you continue to do damage the day *after* you did a competition,
when is your horse going to get stronger? He's not, he's just gradually
being weakened like a rope fraying one strand at a time till is snaps (or

So as someone else asked, what about multidays? Is there different
management you would do if you were riding 2-3 days in a row?
Kristen in TX


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