Target the muscles you want to strengthen

Do you want to train your horse to be a marathon runner or a body builder?

It isnt necessary to work your horse until you can see sweat and the breathing rates increase – unless you want to use cardio training for sport endurance fitness –  and cardio fitness needs to be done out of the arena, on a hack.

In the arena, target the specific muscles you wish to strengthen or stretch by using gymnastic exercises such as circles, changes of direction, changes between collection and extension, changes of gait, School Halt, Shoulder In, Quarters In/Half pass/Renvers/Pirouette, School Walk, Piaffe, Passage and Terre a Terre and Levade.

That is what these movements are for.

 

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