ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: [endurance] speed downhill

Re: [endurance] speed downhill

Truman Prevatt (prevatt@lds.loral.com)
Thu, 7 Sep 1995 08:04:04 -0400

>We have more serious downhills in N Georgia/ SE Tennessee than you guys do in
>Florida (but also better uphills--- YEEEEEHHAAAA!!!). I am cautious about
>injuring suspensories with fast downhill training. If I understand it
>correctly, suspensory ligaments are not readily conditioned to be stronger in
>the same way that muscles and bone are. That is why I've always heard that
>there are only so many fast downhill miles in a horse so they should not be
>wasted. The thing one would gain by working on downhills would be
>conditioning of the muscles used differently than on the flat or uphills. The
>same muscles should get exercised by walking down steep grades I think.... In
>any case, the horse does need to have done what you expect him to do in
>competition. It's just that with fast downhills, 'a little goes a long way'.

Yea and that is why I try get up there on at all opportunities and ride.
We don't have serious hills but we do have serious sand ( the Far Out
Forest is 100 miles of Garnitville's worst sand) and going fast in down
hill sand can be a killer. One interensting thing is Misty doesn't trot
(or gallop much) down hill she paces. It is almost a skating gait where
she puts two lateral feet down at a time. It can be very fast, however and
it seems much easier on her (don't know if it is or not) than either a trot
or gallop and it is her downhill gait of perference. I aggree, you need to
do only enough fast down hill so that you can do it without harm.



The race is not always to the swift, but to those that keep running.

Truman and Mystic "The Horse from HELL" Storm

prevatt@lds.loral.com - Sarasota, Florida