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MILES, WET BLANKETS & CONCENTRATED TRAINING


Higher Education


Winter or Summer


   


Some people often refer to this phase of horse training as “horses needing miles”; I call it Higher Education of Mounted Training.  This training takes place once the horse has a solid foundation of ground training or more levels; The Essentials Level 1, Intermediate Level 2 or Advance Level 3.  Higher Education of Mounted training consists of three phases; allow me to explain all three phases: 

 

Long Rides - Putting some miles under your horse’s feet at all three gaits; walk, trot and lope. You won’t accomplish much in terms of training, no matter how long the ride, if you just amble down the trail at a walk.  Ideally, take these long rides once a week, or at least every other week. The ride should last two to four hours.  The best approach is to take your horse out on a long dirt road. Trot him for three to four miles, then lope him for three to four miles, and so on, incorporating walk breaks as need be. Obviously, if your horse is out of condition, build up to this much work gradually. You’ll be amazed how much more your horse remembers when he’s been ridden enough to get a little tired. I’m not saying to exhaust him; just put enough mileage on him to give him a reason to want to go slowly. It really works!


Wet Saddle Blanket- Contrary to its name, this part of the formula is not just about sweat. You can bring your horse back to the barn tired and sweaty every single day, but if all you’ve done is gallop flat out around the pasture, you actually won’t have taught him much. To get your saddle blankets wet the right way, again spend time at all three gaits, really moving your horse’s feet in all directions. When you’re out covering country, you’ll have plenty of space for concentrated training on the trail. When you’re riding at home, make it somewhere with a lot of room, such as a large arena if you have one available, in a big open field, down a long road of trail and up/down rolling hills . Most times I have access to a nice covered arena, but I use it mainly when the weather forces me to.  I prefer to ride where I have a lot of room to move my horse’s feet. 


Concentrated Training - This Phase of the horse’s training is very important; refining what the horse already has learnt during one or more Levels of Foundation Ground training.  Also to teach your horse something new which should be the rider’s goal!  Concentrated training begins on the ground and is transferred to the saddle.  The exercises keeps the horses mind and body soft, light, supple, and relaxed; moving off  pressure, soft on the bit, collected–that is, moving with a shortened frame and carrying more of his weight on his hind end, while staying light in the bridle.  In order to have a truly trained horse you will not accomplish much as far as training the horse by strictly putting miles on and/or wet saddle blankets; “it takes the whole package Long Rides, Wet Saddle Blankets and one or more levels of Foundation of Ground & Mounted Training [Concentrated Training].  For example; a lot of ranch horses get long rides from sunup to sundown but they will be stiff as a board in their face and body unless the rider does concentrated training with their horse.  Plenty of show horses are soft and supple from all the concentrated training they get, but try taking one out on the trail.  Unless they received a solid Foundation of ground training they are likely to spook at everything.  


There is no quick fix in horse training; it takes all the parts of the training regimen, each with the proper emphasis, in order for the formula to work best.  Unless you have prepared the horse Emotionally, Mentally and Physically on the ground you will have nothing to carry over into the saddle!  If the horse reacts rather than respond willingly without fear it is not the horses fault; it just is not educated.  For example when you to ASK the horse to move one or more its five body parts without fear; its Head, Neck, Shoulders, Rib Cage and hindquarters.  That is why It takes all the three parts of the training regimen, each with the proper emphasis, in order for the formula to work best.  Most issues such as Bucking, fighting the bit, rearing, crow hopping, speed control, backing up, stopping, herd bound, etc. are the result of not having a solid Foundation of Ground Training that is transferable to the saddle.   The secret is if you have an issue in the saddle "Get off the horse and Refresher the horses memory with the proper ground exercise" then get back into the saddle.  We should not fool ourselves and we certainly cannot fool the horse; if there is no respect, trust, confidence, leadership on the ground it certainly will not Mircaliously happen in the saddle.  


If we have the desire, patience, knowledge, a goal and routinely include a proper training strategy, while providing your horse with a reasonable degree of consistency over a sustained period of time, you’ll have a truly soft, supple, respectful horse you can ride in or out of an arena and know you’ll always have a safe, dependable partner.  


Summer or winter this is a service I provide.  


 Several options are available, the Rate is reasonable and is based on location!   Please Contact us with requirements and location.