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Exercises for Jumper riders

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  • Exercises for Jumper riders

    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?

  • #2
    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.
    Oldenburgs do it better

    rip mystic puddin' 1984-2006
    rip banacek 1992-2007


    • #3
      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!


      • #4
        Like that suggestion...........

        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?

        Medical Mike
        equestrian medical researcher
        soon to be equicision.com


        • #5
          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.


          • #6
            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.


            • #7
              True about what the others say, no matter how pyhsically fit you are, it means nothing if you aren't breathing


              • #8
                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.
                "A good horse and a good rider are only so in mutual trust."


                • #9
                  Agree with above. 99% likely you are holding your breath.


                  • #10
                    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!


                    • #11

                      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.


                      • #12
                        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....