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Mid season break? Questions..

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  • Mid season break? Questions..

    My gelding has done 6 events since the middle of April . 1 Training, 1 Modified and 4 Prelim( including the upcoming one this weekend). He is a big heavy horse who doesn’t cool well, and is a heavy galloper. He also is hard to keep weight off of, and to condition. ( think very warmblood). I’d like to give him a bit of a break with the hard ground and the heat, but dont know how much I can reduce his work load with he fact it takes so much to keep weight off and keep him somewhat conditioned. Currently, has is ridden 5-6 days a week, with 2 dressage, 1-2 jumping , 1 long trot and 1 gallop day. Getting 2 # of ration balancer , hay in a slow feeder net and 8 hours pasture a day.
    Fall plans are kinda up in the air - no real destinations planned...

  • #2
    I think you could help control his weight by changing his diet a bit - swap the RB for just a vitamin/mineral supplement (HorseTech?), use a grazing muzzle in the pasture, and could double up the hay net to slow him down even more and reduce intake with the same amount of time spent eating.


    • #3
      My guys are both taking a bit of a break with the heat. I am doing as many walking hacks as possible. But I have lots of hills, so that helps a lot.

      I am continuing to do a bit of dressage and sj with my draft x, but he has had a light season so far--2 CTs and 1 HT and one rained out HT where he just did dressage.


      • #4
        I think the break from competing is important to keep them sound and happy and not get worried about stinging ground. I forget where but there is a great article about fitness I have printed out somewhere by I think Jimmy Wofford. Once they have a good base you should be able to back off the galloping etc without too much of a detriment. LSD, and then gear back up based on your fall calendar. Even for a heavy galloper I would think that 6 weeks out from your first fall event is enough time to pick up the fitness.

        ETA: a break from competing, I would not give him field time unless your fall is very light. I would back off the galloping until I had a fall event in mind and could plan it backwards.
        Last edited by goodmorning; Jul. 12, 2019, 06:13 AM.


        • #5
          Knowing this horse....I don’t think you can back off conditioning work with him too much and still hope to do much this fall but you can back off competing or schooling. Give him a bit of a mental break. But he’s the type you really can only give a week or two off at most and then start to leg up again.

          Me...I would take a break of a 4-6 weeks from competing but during that time maybe just give him a week to 2 weeks of just hacking...mostly walking. Then gear back up conditioning work and then gear up training.
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