Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Key to all Conditioning

The whole purpose of training is to provide an exercise stimulus that results in the horse coming back stronger and fitter in the days that follow.

The baseline in the above image represents time, if we perform the appropriate training load, after recovery from fatigue, the athlete bounces back to a state of greater fitness (overcompensation).

The variables that we can alter in any equine training regimen are gallop speed, distance, and frequency. Each horse, at each moment in time, has a specific combination of these 3 variables that will result in optimal fitness. 

What are yours? How fast? How far? How often?


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