Monthly Archives: December 2008
>OK, this is all well and good you say, but how do we measure these variables? And most importantly, how do we measure the horse’s response to the workload?
The whole purpose of training is to provide an exercise stimulus that results in the horse coming back stronger and fitter in the days that follow.
The baseline in the above image represents time, if we perform the appropriate training load, after recovery from fatigue, the athlete bounces back to a state of greater fitness (overcompensation).
The variables that we can alter in any equine training regimen are gallop speed, distance, and frequency. Each horse, at each moment in time, has a specific combination of these 3 variables that will result in optimal fitness.
What are yours? How fast? How far? How often?
>I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.
>My name is Bill Pressey and I am an Equine Exercise Physiologist based in Louisville, Ky.