Conditioning Horses for Performance

Horses October 15, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF
Image:English-horse-forequarters-feature.jpgLearn about conditioning programs for horses and preparing them for more intense riding during the spring and summer.

 

Is Your Horse Fit?

As the weather gets warmer and riding activities and competitions increase, it is important for horse owners to start thinking about conditioning their horses. Lack of intense work and activity over the winter can leave your horse unfit. In order to best prepare the horse, a conditioning program should be aimed specifically towards an event. Considerations should include the time frame in which you have to condition the horse, any previous conditioning, the level you wish the horse to achieve, and whether the horse is recovering from previous injury or stress.

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Learn more about conditioning horses by reading these eXtension horse articles.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.