My name is Marcus. I train several young horses to prepare them for competitions. I have my own training stable, and have turned my hobby into my profession.
I have been riding horses using my common sense for years. Every horse is different. I think it is important not to overtrain a young horse. As I mainly train through what I feel, I sometimes find it difficult to find just the right parameters for this. I wonder when training is too much for a horse. When I notice that a horse has muscle pain the day after a training, I take it easy, but I do not know if taking it easy is enough.
I wanted to climb up in the sport with my horse, Randy, so I slowly started to train for a longer time. The Ipos Technology App measures the intensity of a training, the total training time per week, and the number of training sessions per week. I know that I cannot increase more than 10% per week. Since measuring my training, I have found out that I could be risking building it up too fast. Randy's fitness level is a lot lower than the intensity of some training sessions. I also didn't always give m y horse enough time to recover. I wanted too much in a too short period of time. To increase Randy ‘s fitness, I have to build up even more gradually. This is how I give Randy time to become stronger.
Now that I realise this, I can adjust my training to the fitness level per horse. In this way, I can also plan the number of rest days. I am happy that I can now build a training schedule for each individual horse. Now I know which horse needs to exercise and how intensive and long this training should be.