Spring training season is here! If you aren’t a baseball fan, it’s time to get your equine partner moving. From Precision’s standpoint, there are multiple things you can do to help condition your horse and keep them in peak fitness.
When starting a conditioning routine, it is very important to access your horses current fitness level. If you have worked lightly all winter your horse is primed and ready to step up and get fit! If your horse has been in a stall or small paddock, a more conservative approach is needed. We will cover both below.
Lets say your horse has been a bit of a couch potato the last few months. It is important to bring these horses along slowly to avoid injuries, over working and a sour attitude. These couch potato horses can strongly benefit from long walks and hill work. These horses can also increase cardiovascular strength with ponying, longing and round pen work. Once the “Couch Potatoes” have build up a little endurance, they can move on to the next level of conditioning.
Now lets talk about those horses that were in light work over the winter. This now includes our slightly less out of shape couch potatoes! Even though we are conditioning, don’t forget the colder weathers impact on cold horses. Long warm ups and cool downs are very important! A long walk on a loose rein can do wonders to get your horse moving while warming their back, joints and muscles up.
Once your horse is properly warmed up, we recommend long stretches of trotting. Interval work incorporating trot and canter can also be extremely effective in conditioning horses. If you have access to hills or a track try and ride outside the arena! After a few weeks of this work, you and your horse are ready to get focused. Whether you are running barrels, show jumping or cutting cows, now is the time you can start the work specific to your discipline.
In addition to physical conditioning, there is something else you can do to help support your horse during “spring training”. When any athlete does strength and conditioning training, there are physical changes the body goes through. Joints can show wear from continuous concussion if the joint matrix is not supplied with proper support. Tendons and ligaments are stretched and strained which could lead to injuries if not supported.
Precision Joint Solution provides incredible support in horses increasing their fitness. Precision’s patent pending ingredients help support your horse from top to bottom. The blend of enzymes help reduce inflammation while acting as a safe and natural pain reducer. Natural Egg Membrane or NEM is a bio available form of collagen that contains a range of constituents needed to rebuild cartilage and connective tissue, including key glycosaminoglycans like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid, as well as collagen and other proteins.
If you and your horse are set on getting fit, consider adding Precision to your daily routine. To learn more, call us at 1-800-821-6921