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Equine Fitness: A Program of Exercises and Routines for Your Horse Paperback – December 9, 2009
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Total-Body Conditioning for Your Healthiest Horse
Keep your horse fit, happy, and eager to please with exercise routines that are simple to follow and fun to perform. Designed to improve equine strength and agility, these exercises give every horse -- regardless of age, ability, or discipline -- the fitness training to perform at consistently high levels. Additional benefits of these routines include increased stamina, improved range of motion, and fewer injuries in your well-conditioned horse.
About the Author
Jec Ballou is the author of 101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider, 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider, and Equine Fitness. She is a national advisor to the Western Dressage Association of America and contributed to the current rules for the sport. She teaches clinics across the United States. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Top Customer Reviews
I have gained a lot more confidence from Jec's clear, careful explanations and the excellent illustrations, so that I now have a plan when I go out to work with my horses. As winter and rain season approaches, I also now feel like I have exercises I can do even in a very small space, and even if it is too wet to actually ride. I spent the last year working on getting one of my gaited horses to trot, and trot with a good stretched top line and also 'on the bit', but was still struggling until Jec helped put the rest of the pieces together.Read more ›
On the other hand, she doesn't provide any sources (only a "resources" section, which is not the same thing). It would seem the majority of the knowledge that she shares here is more traditional than scientific, despite repeatedly telling you what is shown by studies she does not cite. This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine when authors insist on saying "studies show" fairly often and write as though they are operating on scientific knowledge. If you're going to talk about what studies show, you need to cite the studies doing the showing.
For example, parts of the "cooling down" section I know are factually incorrect as I've attended veterinary seminars that discuss this very topic by researchers whose whole careers are dedicated to studying equine fitness.
The idea that in order to cool down a horse you have to cool down the blood should appear false on its face when you actually take a moment to consider it. The horse's blood isn't creating heat--the muscles are. So cooling down a horse's blood isn't going to cool down your horse if the muscles are still creating heat. Where Ballou recommends using "tepid water" only on specific parts of the horse's body, applying cold water to the horse's entire body is actually more effective as it cools the source of the heat--the muscles--which is really what you ought to be cooling down anyway. Stiffness and a build-up of lactic acid should not be your primary concern if you're exercising your horse on a hot day--heatstroke and dehydration should be. In that case, cooling the horse's muscles down ASAP should be your number one priority, and cold water is the best way to do that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always good to use for reference and to create new "games" for my MorganPublished 1 month ago by Susan Lehr
Full or really great exercises for you and your horse! Some will be limited though. It certainly depends on what you have available in your area (i.e. hills). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My riders love to ride. This book gives them a variety of exercises to practice.Published 6 months ago by Ellen
Great breakdown of how and why the exercises are important. I am a certified equine massage therapist and this is a great addition to my knowledge block.Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Doddridge
Not all that helpful as it doesn't give much in the way of sample programs. It gives detailed information for each exercise, but not how to put it together and apply to create a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by TroubleEFG
I am a new horse owner, and am trying to plan lessons between my actual lessons with an instructor. I have found great exercises in this book, and love the little cards. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Clairotte4
Very informative with plenty of exercises to help you form your own horse fitness plan. The pull-out cards in the back are also really useful.Published 14 months ago by Ariel Powell