How are you going to get your horse fit?

How are you going to get your horse fit?

I was asked this question when I bought a new horse in July and was planning on hunting it 3 months after settling him into his new home.

“How are you going to get him fit?”  ….. How would I get a human fit I thought.  I would write a training diary and regime and use the heart rate as a gauge as to how fit the animal was.

On looking into this I realised horses and humans are animals and whilst having the obvious differences they are essential muscle, fat, bones, organs and water.  They need the same dietary requirements of protein, fats and carbohydrates for the same things.  Food sources are different obviously.  But we can learn a lot about ourselves form our furry neighbours – we find similar things too much as well – sugar, starch and fats … should be in limited supply.  Protein – the big question is always how much because we have to get rid of what we don’t need which is where it taxes the system.

So on the exercise – how do I know how puffed he is – the perceived rate of exertion with humans is about talking to the client and seeing how fatigued they are.  I can look at his demeanour or see how much puffing he is doing, but to really know I need a Heart Rate monitor, then I can see when he is getting anxious, when he is tired, what he looks like when he is concerned – I can learn my horse much quicker.Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 16.48.11 So I spoke to a contact at “Polar”,  we use their equipment in the gym.  They have two different types of monitor, a belt like us – but this is actually quite hard to use with a girth and saddle oScreen Shot 2015-12-10 at 14.34.14r even a lunge roller.  So they have devised a system with just sensors which you poke under the girth.  I have yet to try that, but have definitely learnt the merits from using this equipment so far and can now make my training more meaningful and more specific.

For more info google “Equine Heart Rate monitors”, for use and how to etc.

Horse and Hounds Article on Posture and how it can help you and your horse….

“Strengthening from the core … a study has shown that an unmounted rider core fitness program can improve rider symmetry and equine welfare.”Horse and Hound copy

Finally a proper study shows the importance of posture and rider core fitness work on the ground is important to improve riding posture and the posture and wellbeing of the horse.  Something I have bee saying for months.  How sitting up straight is going to help your horses performance and ability to carry himself proper.  Read more in the “Horse and Hounds” magazine, page 8, 29th Oct 2015.

Such a relief to feel the world wake up!!

Watch this space – classes soon to start …

Donna tells her story of what she achieved after 10 months ….

Donna came to work with me about 2 years ago initially, but then life got a bit on top of her and she had a break for about 6 months.  She came back to me in Jan 2015.  Hear her incredible story in just 10 months how she has changed her life….

Biomechanics for Polo Players

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 21.00.51There is such dynamic movement required to play polo.  Control the pony, hold the mallet, rotate to hit the ball, and keep on board.  It is essential that the rider is agile, supple, has full range of motion.  The rider needs to  be strong and injury free, so it is imperative that he is rehabilitated correctly after any accident or fall and is kept fully mobile all the time to avoid any injury through the sport itself.Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 20.59.22

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 21.01.55Great day out @Polo in The Park
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Offshore Racing and Female Sailing Teams

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“WHY DO FEMALE TEAMS COME LAST?”

Regarding the discussion “Female Teams and why they do so badly”

Reference:http://www.yachtingworld.com/news/comment-why-do-all-women-teams-like-team-sca-do-so-badly-asks-skip-novak-64116 in Yachting World.

I have read this article by Skip and I have listened to many of the interviews by Team SCA, as well as the recent interview on Sailing Anarchy on Friday. I have sat watching this race from “the fence” of my living room, and so many times nearly put pen to paper wanting to express my feelings about this situation as we watch it unfold again in the VOR. Women’s ability to sail is not what is being questioned here, the SCA girls have shown women can sail, with their inshore race results. But I agree the question is how to improve the offshore racing. I have learnt through my experiences as a female sailor and I feel absolutely compelled to write back, because I am amazed at what I am hearing from the PR machine.

From where I sit it is not about the sailors but the way the campaigns are set up.

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