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  1. #1
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    Default Conditioning - what is best..?

    Re Hills: We have a very short, very steep piece of trail. Most horses want to gallop up it - but I want to build hind end strength. My mare can walk up it and I can really feel her pushing. She can trot it, too, but it seems harder on her.

    Coming down it is also a challenge, but the footing remains perfect almost all year round.

    Since only two feet are on the ground at one time in the trot, I would suggest that the trot is more fittening? Opinions?



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    Very steep? Stick to walk. According to my chiro that's the best gait too.

    Now if you can find a long, shallow incline just jog slowly up it and feel the pony burn! I had a mile long stretch one year and my nag has never been so buff along his topline.
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