ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: Multi day conditioning - question complete

Re: Multi day conditioning - question complete

Sun, 16 Mar 1997 13:22:09 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 97-03-15 21:55:37 EST, you write:

<< Obviously I'm not use to this keyboard, for I keep sending my letter
finished. I will try one more time. I plan on doing a two day fifty the
of May. How do I know if my horse is ready? My training consists of two
rides of about 8 miles during the week and a longer ride of about 15 to 20
on the weekend. He handles this well. My rides during the week are every
other day. Thanks for bearing with me.

Gracelyn and Rushcreek Equal

In the end, it's going to be all numbers if you really want to predict
readiness for a competition. For example, how fast are you working in your
exercises and how fast does the competition go? At what heartrate are you
currently working? Is your horse maintaining body weight? Gaining weight? Any
signs of exercise intolerance at this point?

It would appear to me that the in-week work might eventually want to increase
its speed to the point where you can do 12 miles in the time it is currently
taking you to deliver 8. The weekend work sounds about right--closer to 20
than 15, though, as you build the horse. If you find your horse losing weight
with increases in exercise, increase the volume of nutrition or back off.


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