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RE: [RC] guidelines - Magers, Cassandra

Thanks for all the great comments and suggestions.  I guess I know this it's just as you start to move further into the sport you question whether your ideas are the right ones.  My horse has started working on sprints this year.  He currently recovers quickly and at our last ride for the first time I let him go at his own speed part of the second loop- which was between 8-11mph.  I still slow him down and walk in.  He was pulsed down when we got into camp- so no waiting.  I guess this is a clue that I could let him open up more/earlier in the ride.
Thanks again for all the good advise.

From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of larry Miller
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 11:25 AM
To: ridecamp
Subject: [RC] guidelines

Cassie, your conditioning will depend on the horse.  Once I get my guys to the place where they will recover quickly, I then concentrate on sprints.  My sprints consist of running hills, and running flat out, sometimes for a mile.  The goal is to be able to do at least 10 mph or better.  Your horse will tell you if you have done too much, but in general, if you want to do 25, then you need to train 25 miles a week.  A 50 would require 50 miles a week.  Once you get your horse to the desired conditioning which depends on what you want to do at the ride, then you have to figure out how to maintain that conditioning.  You also have to consider whether you want to run in front or if you will be happy to finish or finish midpack.  Is your horse in a big pasture or a small one?  All of these factors will play a role in how you condition your horse..  Have fun.  Jeanie