View Full Version : Exercises for Jumper riders
Apr. 11, 2009, 05:36 PM
I just started competing the lover level jumpers (meters) and am wondering if anyone knows how I can increase my endurance. I find that after a course of 12-16 jumps I am huffing and puffing ( my horse is fine!) I am very physically fit- I go to the gym and do cardio and weights for at least 1-2 hrs 6 days a week. My trainer says I should get a new horse so I have 2 to compete on, but in the mean time, does anyone have any suggestions?
Apr. 11, 2009, 05:45 PM
I'd say ride more horses per day.
like take any catch rides you can because if you're riding say, four horses a day then a course of 12 fences is nothing.
Apr. 11, 2009, 05:55 PM
Make sure you are breathing as you go around the course. It may sound silly but if you get at all nervous in those 12-16 jumps and take shallower breaths you will no doubt be short of breath at the end! Otherwise, riding more horses would be ideal but I would also suggest taking a jog/brisk walk outside every day or other day just to acclimate your lungs to working while outside instead of in the gym. However, I am very impressed with your workout habits; I wish I had that kind of dedication!
Apr. 11, 2009, 06:44 PM
Second the focus on breathing.
As you did not mention how long nor the level you have been competing, this would be a logical place to start.
That said, If you have been riding a while, is your lack of endurance a new development? Also, what level of intensity (heart rate) and weight train (percentage of max) do you off horse condition at?
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Apr. 11, 2009, 10:06 PM
I totally agree with cantercutie. I always forget to breath on course, usually because I'm so nervous, and then at the end of the course realize that I haven't been breathing the whole time lol. Focus on making sure you are breathing and that may help.
Apr. 12, 2009, 06:18 PM
I totally agree with the posters about breathing. The very same thing would happen to me and it had nothing to do with how fit I was. Once I learned to keep breathing as I went around the course, the problem went away. For me, I had to learn by forcing myself to breath when jumping at home, so that I became aware of it (and thus aware when I wasn't breathing!). I'll still forget, especially my very first round at a show, but having practiced how to breathe, I can now fix it for the next round.
Apr. 12, 2009, 06:28 PM
True about what the others say, no matter how pyhsically fit you are, it means nothing if you aren't breathing:winkgrin:
Apr. 12, 2009, 07:27 PM
Sprints! If you go to the gym, get on the track and/or treadmill and do some sprints. Riding a course is a bit like sprinting at about 80%, sometimes more (jump-off.) When you are sprinting, focus on your breath and breathing as deeply as you can. This will help strengthen and increase lung capacity.
Apr. 12, 2009, 08:11 PM
Agree with above. 99% likely you are holding your breath.
Apr. 12, 2009, 08:26 PM
I think everyone is right about breathing. Also, riding more horses will keep you fit. Just ask any excercise rider or jockey at a race track that rides 10 horses a day. Now thats how you stay fit!
Apr. 12, 2009, 09:26 PM
I really appreciate all the feedback! I will focus on breathing at home while jumping and work some sprints into my current routine. I have started running outside as well.
Apr. 13, 2009, 09:01 AM
I also agree....I bet you are holding your breath. I do it all the time and have to remind myself to focus on breathing in and out....