I put the mares back into spring conditioning work the first weekend in March. I followed a pretty typical legging up program...two weeks at the walk for 20 minutes a day at the walk, building up to 30. Then three weeks of walk and trot for 30 minutes, building up to an hour. And then three weeks at walk, trot, canter, building up to an hour+.
Of course, I meant to blog all about it, but yeah.....you can see how that turned out. Basically I rode both mares each day for 5-6 days a week and they gained back muscle and fitness quite well! Dreamy was in great shape for her first show of the year, a combined test on April 15. (More on that later, promise!) Reva had some unexpected time off (more on that later too!!), but she is looking great now and we are gearing up for her first show of the year this weekend.
To make up for the lack of posts, here is some photo spam from my iPhone! LOL!
|The start of conditioning, Dreamy, March 2012|
|Reva, March 2012|
|An early spring trail ride, Dreamy and the best dog ever (Lucy)|
|The snow finally melts!|
|Beach Ride!!! April 2012|
|Reva is sidelined for a bit...more on that later :-(|
|Early morning April ride with Reva!|