The length of the session is based on monitoring the horse's energy level (horse health check) and stopping before the horse gets too tired and learns to resent training/riding sessions. Each part of the session is lengthened as the horse gets in shape. There is always groundwork, warm up & cool down.
1st Month - Legging Up, Winter, No Arena
3rd & 4th Week : The horse should be well into the groundwork/warm up exercises than the previous 2 weeks. The horse should be able to start riding now unless they are still out of shape. The groundwork exercises will decrease slightly once horse is able to handle the exercise&skill and as the riding part of workout increases since the horse will be in shape for it.
*Warm up flexing exercises - middle part of session (15mins.+/-)
-see side bar for a list of warm up exercises.
* Riding at a walk - last part (1/2hr.+/-)
* Riding at a jog - last part of session (1/2hr+/-)
* Lots of cool down & End on a Good Note. - however long it takes
3rd Month - Legging Up, Winter, No Arena
*Groundwork/Body Control Longeing exercises - first part (15mins.+/-)
*Mounted Warm up flexing exercises - first part (15mins.+/-)
* Riding at a jog - middle part (15mins. - 1/2hr+/-)
3rd & 4th Week : The horse should be well walking, jogging & trotting. The horse, if in shape, can now be loped/slow cantered to build the conditioning.
*Groundwork/Body Control Longeing exercises - first part (15mins.-/+)
* Riding at a trot - middle part (10-15mins -/+)
If you need help with this, please contact me. I would be happy to help! Or please feel free to comment. What's your plan?!
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