Over 8000 miles of walking is enough to get any horse in shape!
Of course, there is more to getting a horse in shape to do this kind of adventure, and keeping him that way for so many days (and years) and miles. In this episode, I’ll share with you Apollo’s fitness routine for getting ready and staying ready to accomplish this adventure.
Plus, we’ll hear from Karen of Equine Unlimited talks about her horseback journey through the Scottish isles with her rescue mare Connie.
What to Listen For:
00:25 Introduction to the episode
01:41 Preparing the equine athlete to perform safely
02:20 The biggest fitness challenge
05:04 Work hard, play hard, take a break
06:30 Spring training
09:16 Daily warm up and schedule
15:40 Differences from competitive endurance riding
18:06 Our 2020 fitness plan
20:54 Guest Karen Inkster talks about riding in Scotland
42:54 Closing statements
44:30 End of episode
About our Guest: Karen Inkster
After a 25 year gap in horse ownership I got a rescue mare Connie. She ended up having major behavioural issues, hence the reason I went on a 300km unsupported journey with her and my rescue collie Pip. Since then I got another horse, a Spanish Mustang who also has major behavioural issues which I am working through. I am passionate about being barefoot and bitless and I am currently setting up my own natural equine centre in Scotland where I will also offer long distance trail rides, camping in the hills.
My two rescue horses have taught me so much, I now have such a better understanding of equine behaviour and I am passionate about rehabilitating "problem" horses.
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