Fit to Ride Part 4: Muscles
|January 6, 2010||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Fit to Ride by Bromiley contains a very technical section about muscles and muscle development, including addressing fatigue in your conditioning program. Even with my background in this, my eyes glazed over. Handy as a reference to refer to if I was trying to diagnose a problem in the future…..
There are different types of exercise that improve muscle:
- Concentric (example: Uphill work)
- Eccentric (example: Downhill work)
- Closed Chain
The last 3 types of exercises can be accomplished through correct cavelleti work, as of which some examples are given.
The author stresses that it is impossible to properly prepare a horse in an arena, even dressage horses need variety. However, there are a variety of arena exercises that are good to include in a conditioning program.
Bromiley prefers combined exercise of the “classical” school and use of cavaletti’s. Work over cavallettis is done on long reins.
She gives several examples of an arena course designed to give a horse a full workout. Specific dressage exercises and the “why’s” are also described.
Next: Interval training and Fartleks