Advice please!

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Advice please!

Even if there are no hills - road work will still help and you can practice lots of exercises

Roundabouts and turning right offer great chances to "check" your out line on the bend! I also find stationary cars as almost as effective as training mirrors for checking posture!

Basic fittening plan from scratch is six weeks walking (marching, not slopping along!)

then introduce trot for 1 minute every mile of the ride for 2 weeks; then for 2 min's every mile for another fortnight; then 3 min's every mile for a week; then 4 mins every mile for another week then you can start introducing canter with the same timings (i min every mile) Those minutes for each mile can be broken down to 30 seconds a time when you start.

I'm taking it that your rides would be a minimum of 4 or 5 miles at the start increasing so that you're eventually out for nearly 2 hours and doing 10 - 12 miles a ride at least if not more.

If you work him correctly, always balanced, not allowed to slop along except for the last mile home, you should soon find him muscling up correctly even if you don't have any hills although once you've almost finished the trotting stages it would be very beneficial for his wind if you could box somewhere at odd times; you'd be surprised how a hill might catch him out even if you thought he was pretty fit by then so well worth the effort if you can.

then introduce trot for 1 minute every mile of the ride for 2 weeks; then for 2 min's every mile for another fortnight; then 3 min's every mile for a week; then 4 mins every mile for another week then you can start introducing canter with the same timings (i min every mile) Those minutes for each mile can be broken down to 30 seconds a time when you start.

I'm taking it that your rides would be a minimum of 4 or 5 miles at the start increasing so that you're eventually out for nearly 2 hours and doing 10 - 12 miles a ride at least if not more.

If you work him correctly, always balanced, not allowed to slop along except for the last mile home, you should soon find him muscling up correctly even if you don't have any hills although once you've almost finished the trotting stages it would be very beneficial for his wind if you could box somewhere at odd times; you'd be surprised how a hill might catch him out even if you thought he was pretty fit by then so well worth the effort if you can.

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Also working him long and low will encourage him to engage his neck and back muscles.

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