Sunday, January 31, 2010

'Backyard' Training facility


After my trip last week, I am giving serious thought to leasing a local farm with 70 acres, a house, and a few barns to do some 'experimentation' on my own.

There will be no formal training track per se, as I will ship 1x-2x a week to a nearby facility for speedwork, but I will have several gallops of varying lengths and inclines, in addition to a host of other 'toys' designed to improve conditioning.

I am not a horseman, I am an equine exercise physiologist - so I will have someone else in charge of all farrier, vet, and horsemanship stuff - yet I will prescribe and monitor all training variables based on heart rate/GPS data as well as blood lactate levels, following the laws of exercise physiology.

Let's call this Feedback Based Training, where each individual athlete determines his/her own level of progress. No longer will all speedwork be regimented into half mile breezes every Thursday, for instance.

Also:
  • horses will work left hand turns and right hand turns equally to develop balance
  • horses will warm up and cool down extensively
  • training hours will be from 6am to 6pm when weather permits
  • horses will be turned out frequently, especially after racing, to speed recovery
  • nutrition will be monitored to the calorie
  • owners will be provided with all data indicating progress/development
  • as little veterinary interference as possible, unsound horses will not run/train
The horses will come from a few places; inexpensive claiming stock owned by family, younger 2 year olds from various clients here in the states, and possibly a few others from overseas.

Should be fun! - I will no doubt publish any and all findings in this space for you to review and/or comment on. I hope to be up and operational within late 2010 - should all go well.

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