Saturday, December 5, 2009
Suddenly Winter! My Winter Work Plan
Our first (very light!) snowfall has finally come, and John & I rode out this morning. I have consolidated a training plan for the winter arena riding, but the sun was just too warm and the snow too glittery to ride inside today.
But John had had a week off due to the aggravating imposition of work into my horse life. So he was feeling "fresh" as we say.
We went out into the woods. We came back from the woods. But what happened in the woods, stays in the woods. (John got a bit 'happy'.)
WINTER TRAINING PLAN!
We are going to work hard at getting soft.
John can be quite the stiff ore-boat and I can be a stiff unyielding rider as well. So both of us are going to be working out to achieve the 3 goals of becoming
by spring 2010.
This will involve lots of bend work and lateral work, sets of gaiting circles, etc. for John and continued gym visits, running sets, elliptical, strength training, and yoga for me. Oh yes and both of us are going to lose some weight.
Anybody who knows some good arena style suppling equitation exercises, or can direct me to a book or DVD, please let me know. I've been working on figure-8's starting larger and getting gradually (one-half hoof width) smaller each time. But John inside an arena gets bored and sluggish fast so I am looking to surprise him and engage his interest.
Here's a little video I made of our trip to the woods, day one of becoming BOOTYLICIOUS!
What are your winter plans??