Conditioning during downtime
Notes from the 2015 Minnesota Horse Expo session with Jec Aristotle Ballou
By Barb McCutcheon
What is downtime? If you are working your horse less than four times a week on average, your horse is losing cardiovascular and muscle function. While horses recover cardiovascular conditioning very rapidly, it takes much longer for them to recover muscle function and they are at risk of injury while recovering.
To keep your horse’s muscles active and to rebuild correct muscle use, Jec has designed a set of exercises that can be done in 20 minutes and can be done in hand as well as under saddle. Use these exercises to develop correct postural muscles in the horse and you will be able to resume full work much more safely and easily!
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Download calendar events to your personal calendar
You can now update your personal calendar with CSDEA events. When you bring up details of a calendar event, clicking or tapping the vCalendar icon allows you to download the details of this event into the calendar on your PC, tablet, or smartphone. This feature works on Windows, OSX, and Android devices (but not currently on iOS devices.) Select OPEN when prompted and, on supported devices, your calendar will automatically open showing the event. For unsupported devices, use a computer to download and save the event to your PC calendar, and then the built-in synchronization function will update the calendar on your tablet or smartphone.
Donations for Hollow Creek's new Water Complex
Hollow Creek Farm is a 79 acre equestrian facility that is home base for Two Rivers Pony Club, (a part of Northern Lakes Region and the United States Pony Club.)
A scheduled improvement this year is to add a water complex to the XC course. To this end, CSDEA's Facility Development Program has agreed to match up to $3,000 in donations. Construction begins in April.
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