Sydney Jordan Performance Horses
I can credit the polo world for a true concept of proper fitness for performance horses. In good programs, the horses often go out twice a day. They go in sets of 3-5 or so horses. They walk for an hour (walking is IMPORTANT too), they trot for 15-20 minutes or so & walk some more. Most are “singled” several days a week. They short work/school them & breeze them out often. You have to condition their lungs too (that’s a whole other conversation I won’t go into right now but we’ll talk about it later). These horses are in incredible shape. They have to be.
I find proper conditioning to be undervalued & quite frankly, many lack knowledge on it. Whether they truly don’t know or they don’t care to know is a different story. You cannot pull your horse out of the pasture on the weekends & go expect them to perform for you after not touching them all week.
You’ll always see the bragging posts like “pulled sparkles out of the pasture after seven months off & entered the jackpot last night!! 7th in the 6D even outta shape!!”
I’m EMBARRASSED for you. That’s not impressive. Personally, I find it cruel & selfish.
That’s like someone pulling your happy ass off the couch after hibernating all winter & making you run a 5k.
Do better. Be better.