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[RC] Hill training vs. the flat - J. Reynolds

Have a question for you folks who have been at this for awhile....
 
My intention is to through my hat in the ring for my first ride in the fall.  I have about five miles of trail behind my house (not much) , however it is all rugged hills.  You are going up, or you are going down.  Steep going which really gives the horse a good workout.  I'm riding an older mare, she's 18 and this is her second year of being ridden.  Next season I'll be starting my filly on trails. But for now, Puddin' is my ride.  Now for the question:
 
5 miles of rugged up and down = ____ miles of training on the flat?    In order to train on the flat I'll have to haul on the weekend.  I'm thinking I'm training different muscle sets on hills than flat?  Trying to get a feel for where she's at to determine which mileage loop of trail (distance) to hit next when we go for the flat. 
 
Sidenote:  The Phebes is looking out of two beautiful brown eyes for the first time in almost two months.   Some of the advice given was very helpful.  Daily cleansing of the area around the eyes, alternating and washing fly masks diligently, an eyewash etc.  Now if you could just do something about her chasing dogs out of her pasture....I thought she'd make mince meat out of a stray that visited the pasture area last night.
 
Jacke
 
 


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