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Cass’ Calendar

March

-I don’t think any work will really be done this month. The first half was spent lame and neglected in a pasture. The second half will be spent on healing. Be gone, abscess!

03.05.12 – 03.11.12

Monday

Pasture

Tuesday

Pasture

Wednesday

Pasture

Thursday

Pasture

Friday

Pasture

Saturday

Pasture

Sunday

Moved to a new barn

03.12.12 – 03.18.12

Monday

Soak abscess in epsom salt and wrap with poultice

Tuesday

Epsom poultice

Wednesday

Soak abscess in epsom salt and wrap with poultice

Thursday

Epsom poultice

Friday

Farrier. Turned out in arena for about 20-30 minutes and he cantered most of the time

Saturday

Either stall rest with short handwalk or turn out in the arena for a little while

Sunday

Same as previous

03.19.12 – 03.25.12

Monday

Turnout for an hour

Tuesday

Turnout for an hour

Wednesday

Turnout for an hour

Thursday

Stall rest

Friday

Either stall rest or turn out for an hour

Saturday

Turnout for an hour

Sunday

Longe w/t for 30 minutes

03.26.12 – 04.01.12

Monday

Longe w/t for 30 minutes

Tuesday

Longe w/t/c for 30 minutes

Wednesday

Turnout for an hour

Thursday

Longe w/t for 30 minutes

Friday

Longe w/t/c for 30 minutes

Saturday

Longe w/t/c for 30 minutes

Sunday

Turnout for an hour

April

This is the month my butt is getting back on Cass. And working his butt into shape. Lots of easy stuff, but make it meaningful – refining transitions or working up hills and a LOT of trot work.

04.02.12 – 04.08.12

Monday

Ride w/t with a lot of transitions and maybe a few easy figures, like circles and figure eights

Tuesday

Ride w/t with a lot of transitions and maybe a few easy figures, like circles and figure eights

Wednesday

Ride w/t/c with a lot of transitions and maybe a few easy figures, like circles and figure eights

Thursday

Off Day – turnout in the arena

Friday

Ride w/t/c with a lot of transitions and maybe a few easy figures, like circles and figure eights

Saturday

Ride w/t/c with a lot of transitions and maybe a few easy figures, like circles and figure eights

Sunday

Ride w/t with a lot of transitions and maybe a few easy figures, like circles and figure eights

01.10.11 – 01.16.11

Monday

Off Day – turnout in the arena

Tuesday

Longe and Flatwork and Dressage – longe over cavalletti for about 30 minutes.  Ride over the cavalletti at the walk for about 10 minutes, and then do a few basic dressage exercises.  Relax on a free rein

Wednesday

Flatwork and Dressage – walk for about 15 minutes to supple up at the walk, trot, and canter on both reins. Ride on a straight line over one cavalletto at the walk and then at the trot, with 5 minutes rest in between, for about 20 minutes. Do a few basic dressage exercises and walk on a free rein to relax

Thursday

Off Day – turnout in the arena

Friday

Flatwork and Dressage – take about 5-10 minutes to supple him up then ride over cavalletti for about 30 minutes, beginning with the walk, then medium walk, then trot towards the end and all on straight lines but increasing the distances between rails.  Allow 5 minutes rest in between the gait changes.  Ride a few dressage exercises at the canter and then ride on a free rein

Saturday

Dressage – same as thursday

Sunday

Either A: go out into the jumping field and work on cantering quietly and jumping a few small jumps or B: do some dressage exercises to improve submission and suppling up, then canter in the forward seat on both reins, and jump once or twice from the trot and canter

01.17.11 – 01.23.11

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork and Dressage – supple up for at least 15 minutes and, during this, ride on a loose rein over a straight line of cavalletti.  Walk and trot over cavalletti on straight lines for about 20 minutes, building up to as many cavalletti as possible.  Canter a few dressage exercises and then ride on a free rein

Wednesday

Dressage – some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Thursday

Off Day – turnout in the arena

Friday

Dressage – some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Saturday

Either A: cavalletti on the longe and then a little bit of dressage with a long relaxation period at the end or B: some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Sunday

Either A: go out into the jumping field and work on cantering quietly and jumping a few small jumps or B: do some dressage exercises to improve submission and suppling up, then canter in the forward seat on both reins, and jump once or twice from the trot and canter or C: ride for about 15 minutes to supple up then ride at the walk and trot with strides in between on straight lines and with increased distances for about 30 minutes and with about 5 minutes pause between each exercise.  That was a run on sentence.  Do a little bit of dressage

01.24.11 – 01.30.11

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork and Dressage – supple up for at least 15 minutes and, during this, ride on a loose rein over a straight line of cavalletti.  Walk and trot over cavalletti on straight lines for about 20 minutes, building up to as many cavalletti as possible.  Canter a few dressage exercises and then ride on a free rein

Wednesday

Flatwork – Supple up for about 15 minutes and then ride over straight lines of cavalletti at the walk and trot for about 15 minutes.  Then canter for about 10 minutes in the forward seat on both reins, and a few times over ground rails.  Walk to relax

Thursday

Off Day – turnout in the arena

Friday

Dressage and Jumping – about 15 minutes to supple up then some dressage exercises to improve submission.  Work on gymnastic jumping with one cavalletto and one obstacle.  Walk to relax

Saturday

Dressage – some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Sunday

Flatwork and Jumping – take about 15 minutes to supple up, including walking over cavalletti on straight lines a few times.  Canter in the forward seat for about 10 minutes then gymnastic jumping with continual changes of building.  Walk to relax

08.30.10 – 09.05.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Dressage – lots of suppling exercises

Wednesday

Dressage – some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Thursday

Off Day – turnout in the arena

Friday

Flatwork and Jumping – take about 15 minutes to supple up, including walking over cavalletti on straight lines a few times.  Canter in the forward seat for about 10 minutes then gymnastic jumping with several cavalletti in front of the obstacle.  Walk to relax

Saturday

Dressage – practice balance and all transitions.  Also suppleness and rhythm Try to work him for at least 1-1.5 hours

Sunday

Either A: basic training over cavalletti and poles or B: jump single jumps or C: ride a showjumping course.  Prelude all of these with 15 minutes of suppling exercises

May

-Flatwork and Cavalletti and Dressage: Start practicing flatwork as it applies to jumping: large, smooth circles; responsiveness to aids; lines.  If jumping was successful last month, bring it back during the second week.  This would be a good month to really start working on lateral exercises. Bring back our good friends the cavalletti and work on flexibility and responsiveness.  Start to make our dressage actually dressage-y.

11.30.09 – 12.06.09

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Dressage

Wednesday

Dressage

Thursday

Dressage

Friday

Dressage

Saturday

Dressage

Sunday

Dressage

12.07.09 – 12.13.09

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

1

Wednesday

2

Thursday

3

Friday

12

Saturday

13

Sunday

14

12.14.09 – 12.20.09

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork – supple up with all three gaits for about 20 minutes and conclude with trotting and walking over cavalletti on straight lines.  Work on exercises to improve submission, at the same time as practicing transitions and walking on a long rein over the ground rails.  Ride straight forward, mostly at the trot.  Walk to relax.

Wednesday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc

Thursday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the trot concluding with increased distances to improve activity and the scope of movement

Friday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc

Saturday

Longeing – longe over cavalletti.  Make this one a light day

Sunday

Flatwork – practice this week’s exercises, especially the cavalletti focused ones

12.21.09 – 12.27.09

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc

Wednesday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the walk over shortened distances to improve the collected walk

Thursday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc

Friday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.  Use cavalletti only to supple up.  Don’t want to burn him out on these

Saturday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the trot, concluding with sitting trot over shortened distances to improve the expression of movement

Sunday

Flatwork – practice this week’s exercises, especially the cavalletti focused ones

June

-Dressage and Cavalletti and a bit of Jumping. Start to really refine our training level dressage.  Start up with using the cavalletti as a training program again.  Also a bit of jumping towards the end of the month.  Important goal for this month: attempt to stay alive as Cass experiences sub-zero temperatures and snow for the first time. This is also the checkpoint month. Did we meet last year’s goals? If not, why? What do we need to work on more? What are this year’s goals and how are we going to accomplish them?

12.28.09 – 01.03.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Longeing – longe over cavalletti

Wednesday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Thursday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.  Use cavalletti only to supple up.  Don’t want to burn him out on these

Friday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the trot concluding with increased distances to improve activity and the scope of movement

Saturday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Sunday

Flatwork – practice this week’s exercises, especially the cavalletti focused ones

01.04.10 – 01.10.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork – supple up with all three gaits for about 20 minutes and conclude with trotting and walking over cavalletti on straight lines.  Work on exercises to improve submission, at the same time as practicing transitions and walking on a long rein over the ground rails.  Ride straight forward, mostly at the trot.  Walk to relax

Wednesday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Thursday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the walk, concluding with increased distances to improve the scope of the movement

Friday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Saturday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the trot, concluding with sitting trot over shortened distances to improve the expression of movement

Sunday

Flatwork – practice this week’s exercises, especially the cavalletti focused ones

01.11.10 – 01.17.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Dressage –

Wednesday

Dressage –

Thursday

Dressage –

Friday

Dressage –

Saturday

Dressage –

Sunday

Dressage –

01.18.10 – 01.24.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

L

Wednesday

F

Thursday

F

Friday

F

Saturday

F

Sunday

F

01.25.10 – 01.31.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork – a longish suppling up period with cavalletti work at the trot on a straight line at the posting trot.  Then canter in the forward and do some exercises to improve submission.  Walk to relax

Wednesday

Jumping – supple up and do exercises to increase willingness.  Reintroduce gymnastic jumping concluding with one or two single jumps.  Walk to relax

Thursday

Either A: do some dressage exercises, specifically bending – circles, serpentines, voltes, etc or B: go on a quiet hack

Friday

Dressage and Jumping – a few dressage exercises from the previous days and then a few easy obstacles from a canter.  Make this one a light day

Saturday

Either A:cross country with uphill work and easy canter over even ground or B: dressage

Sunday

Jumping – jumps on a straight line and circles

July

-Jumping and Dressage. Lots of jumping this month, while bringing back some dressage at the end.  Should be getting very proficient with the jumping – not a lot of refusing, acting like a crazy freak, galloping towards the next obstacle, etc.  Also my position is going to be getting a lot of reinforcement from Cass this month since it is kind of sloppy now and he hates it and is going to make me change it before he does a good job.  New things this month too, like pretty jumps and unfamiliar places.

02.01.10 – 02.07.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork and Jumping – loosen up and then do some exercises to improve the way of going.  Canter over cavalletti or low jumps in jumping position.  Ride on loose rein to cool off

Wednesday

Either A: longeing over cavalletti with some dressage for loosening up after or B: longeing over cavalletti with ridden cavalletti work at the trot on curved lines or C: longeing over cavalletti with cantering to improve gait after or D: ride on a loose rein to cool off

Thursday

Jumping – gymnastic jumping

Friday

Dressage – some dressage exercises, specifically bending – circles, serpentines, voltes, etc

Saturday

Jumping – attempt a *gasp* showjumping course

Sunday

Off Day

02.08.10 – 02.14.10

Monday

Flatwork – a longish suppling up period with cavalletti work at the trot on a straight line at the posting trot.  Then canter in the forward and do some exercises to improve submission.  Walk to relax

Tuesday

Jumping – gymnastic jumping, asking for more effort

Wednesday

Flatwork and Jumping – loosen up and then do some exercises to improve the way of going.  Canter over cavalletti or low jumps in jumping position.  Ride on loose rein to cool off

Thursday

Either A: do some dressage exercises, specifically bending – circles, serpentines, voltes, etc or B: go on a quiet hack

Friday

Flatwork and Jumping – suppling up and then cavalletti work at the canter and jumping over combinations

Saturday

Flatwork – supple up and then canter to improve condition on both reins, pausing in between to walk.  Walk to relax, then walk over cavalletti in straight lines a few times with a free rein

Sunday

Jumping – showjumping using strange and colorful jumps (this will be fun)

02.15.10 – 02.21.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Either A: long period of suppling up outside, concluding with dressage or B: Flatwork – a longish suppling up period with cavalletti work at the trot on a straight line at the posting trot.  Then canter in the forward and do some exercises to improve submission.  Walk to relax or C: Flatwork and Jumping – loosen up and then do some exercises to improve the way of going.  Canter over cavalletti or low jumps in jumping position.  Ride on loose rein to cool off

Wednesday

Jumping – supple up and do exercises to increase willingness.  Reintroduce gymnastic jumping concluding with one or two single jumps.  Walk to relax

Thursday

Dressage – work on our dressage; what needs it most?

Friday

Flatwork- riding varied distances over cavalletti on curved lines

Saturday

Either A: do some dressage exercises, specifically bending – circles, serpentines, voltes, etc or B: go on a quiet hack

Sunday

Jumping – showjump in an unfamiliar place (eek!)

02.22.10 – 02.28.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Dressage –

Wednesday

Dressage and Jumping –

Thursday

Jumping –

Friday

Dressage and Jumping –

Saturday

Jumping –

Sunday

Dressage –

August

-Dressage and Jumping. Ah, spring has arrived.  Hopefully the ground will begin to thaw, now and the bluebirds will sing and bright and colorful flowers will pop up everywhere.  This is a good month for…Dressage!  And Jumping!  Training level dressage should be pretty solid by the end of the month and our showjumping should be nearly show worthy.  This month’s goal?  Make it to a few shows.

03.01.10 – 03.7.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

L

Wednesday

F

Thursday

F

Friday

F

Saturday

F

Sunday

F

03.08.10 – 03.14.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

A

Wednesday

B

Thursday

C

Friday

R

Saturday

X

Sunday

T

September

Dressage and Hacking and Cross Country. This is the month o’ hacking.  Hit the trails and keep arena time to a minimum.  Dressage can be done out in the field and, later in the month, a bit of jumping can be introduced.  Remember, trails, trails, trails!  Get Cass accustomed to all of those scary things out there.

12.28.09 – 01.03.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Longeing – longe over cavalletti

Wednesday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Thursday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.  Use cavalletti only to supple up.  Don’t want to burn him out on these

Friday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the trot concluding with increased distances to improve activity and the scope of movement

Saturday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Sunday

Flatwork – practice this week’s exercises, especially the cavalletti focused ones

-Flatwork. Focus on transitions, consistency in gaits, rhythm and relaxation undersaddle. Get him up off the forehand and start trying to create some semblance of self-carriage. Be nit picky – get him to give that perfect transition, halt, etc. NO settling; he needs to start working like a big boy now. Develop suppleness and looseness.

-Dressage. Be able to perform the training level tests. Learn those lateral movements! Keep developing the suppleness and looseness. Introduce turns on the forehand and haunches. Also shoulder-fore, shoulder-in, travers, and renvers. Keep refining leg yields. Get him to respond to very light leg pressure. Cavalletti exercises are going to be useful this month. Start schooling flying changes.

-Cavalletti: Remember that cavalletti are our friends and that we’re going to do be doing a lot with them this month. Introduce loads of cavalletti exercises and have him do them right – again, no settling for rushing, jumping, or bumping. Also a good month for refining the dressage movements of the previous month and working on the ones that we didn’t do so well.

-Cavalletti, Flatwork, and Jumping: Keep up with the cavalletti exercises of the previous month, but return to the basic flatwork – make sure that all transitions are up to par, gaits are consistent, circles are round, etc. Basically the check-and-refine month for the first half. Start to introduce low jumps and simple grids during the second half.

-Gridwork and Ground Exercises: Continue with the gridwork from the previous month, but start preparing for the end of the month move; make sure he is still okay with the trailer, get coggins and other shots, and relaxing things to help him (and myself!) deal with the moving stress.

-Flatwork: Bound to be a particularly stressful month as he is due to be in the new barn by now. In a new state. Eek! Relaxing stuff…practice what he already knows and does well. No jumping this month; instead, start to review the flatwork and dressage exercises that he already knows WELL.

-Dressage: Start making our training level dressage show-worthy – and maybe try to get out to an actual show.

-Dressage: Keep up with the dressage. Start to school first level. Practice and refine all the lateral exercises. Practice and refine contact. Also transitions, circles, straightness, impulsion, etc.

-Flatwork and Cavalletti: Start practicing flatwork as it applies to jumping: large, smooth circles; responsiveness to aids; lines. This would be a good month to really start working on lateral exercises. Bring back our good friends the cavalletti that I keep forgetting about and work on flexibility and responsiveness.

-Dressage and Cavalletti. Start to really refine our training level and first level dressage. Try to make it to some training level shows. Start up with using the cavalletti as a training program again. Important goal for this month: attempt to stay alive as Cass experiences sub-zero temperatures and snow for the first time. This is also the checkpoint month. Did we meet last year’s goals? If not, why? What do we need to work on more? What are this year’s goals and how are we going to accomplish them?

May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, January

May: Cross Country – Yes, I said it.  We are officially getting down to the XC portion of eventing.  About time, you say?  Well, Ok, but it is only going to be little simple things this month.  A lot of relaxing exercises out in the field and grids and simple logs.

June: Cross Country and Dressage – XC should be improving so possibly bring in water and/or other obstacles and combinations.  Work on galloping/cantering/trotting and staying in control and at a controlled speed.  Keep working on dressage, try some first level things, both in the arena and out in the field.

July: Cross Country, Show jumping, and Dressage and Hacking- Oh, poor show jumping, have I forgotten about you?  No, just ignoring you because Cass needs lots of XC practice to make him comfortable out there.  But don’t worry, you come back into the picture this month with newer, more complicated combinations and heights.  Still doing a lot of cross country though and taking relaxing hacks if Cass is relaxed on the hacks and, of course, dressage.  Any shows this month?  Probably not ready for an XC show, but dressage + show jumping should be good.

August: Cross Country and Hacking: Start to really refine our XC – it isn’t enough that he is doing it anymore, he has to do it right and on my time.  Lots of hacking for relaxation.

September: Eventing: It’s been a year!  What’s our progress, Captain?  I think by now we should be ready for an *gasp* actual event.  Start looking around for any shows I can get my hands on…We need the experience!  Just work on whatever needs work this month and always calm.

October: Eventing: I know there is going to be a smallish jumping show this month.  On an XC course, but I think it would still be considered jumping.  See if I can get Cass into that, even though I am almost definitely going to be showing another horse as well.  Keep on practicing whatever needs it.

March

-Annnnnnd we’re coming back into work. Finally. How’s that butt looking, Cass? Nonexistent, I think. So let’s fix that with The Eight Week Fitness Plan For Fat Horses. There is going to be a lot of basic walking and transitions this month, and the beginnings of a LOT of trot work. We’re also going to be working on straightness and keeping him supple as he gets back into work again.

12.06.10 – 12.10.10

Monday

Turnout with a light longe session. Longe for approximately 15 minutes with a lot of walking and a few w/t transitions. Less than a minute of trotting each time

Tuesday

Turnout and free longe for approximately 15 minutes. Focus on w/t transitions and halting. Trot for small intervals.

Wednesday

Turnout and free longe for approximately 15 minutes. Focus on w/t transitions and halting. Trot for small intervals. Tack up and walk around the arena for 10 minutes after, allowing him to stretch

Thursday

Ride for approximately 20 minutes. Mainly walking, a few w/t transitions

Friday

Ride for approximately 20 minutes. Mainly walking, a few w/t transitions

Saturday

Off day

Sunday

Off day

12.13.10 – 12.19.10

Monday

Ride for approximately 30 minutes. Mainly walking, a few w/t transitions

Tuesday

Ride for approximately 30 minutes. Mainly walking, a few w/t transitions. Add in more suppling and bending exercises. Work on riding him into corners

Wednesday

Ride for approximately 30 minutes. Walking and trotting, less than 5-7 minutes trotting total. Add in more suppling and bending exercises. Work on riding him into corners and on nice serpentines

Thursday

Walk around the track for about 30 minutes

Friday

Ride for approximately 30 minutes. Walking and trotting, less than 5-7 minutes trotting total. Add in more suppling and bending exercises. Work on riding him into corners and on nice serpentines

Saturday

Ride in the arena for 10 minutes, working on transitions and suppleness. Take a walk around the track

Sunday

Walk around the track for about 30 minutes

12.20.10 – 12.26.10

Monday

Off day

Tuesday

Ride for about 35 minutes, focusing on w/t transitions. Trot for two 5 minute intervals. Try to do this on the track

Wednesday

Ride for about 35 minutes, focusing on suppleness. Make serpentines nice. Trot for two 5 minute intervals

Thursday

Ride for about 35 minutes, focusing on w/t transitions. Trot for two 5 minute intervals. Try to do this on the track

Friday

Ride for about 35 minutes, focusing on suppleness. Make serpentines nice. Trot for two 5 minute intervals. Start in the arena and move out to the track

Saturday

Ride for about 35 minutes, focusing on w/t transitions. Trot for two 5 minute intervals. Try to do this on the track

Sunday

Ride for about 35 minutes, focusing on suppleness. Make serpentines and 40m circles nice. Try to find cones to keep us accurate. Trot for two 5 minute intervals

12.27.10 – 01.02.10

Monday

Off day

Tuesday

Ride for about 40 minutes, focusing on suppleness. Really ride into corners but keep him straight when on the rail. Serpentines, figure eights, 20m circles, and spirals to 30-20m. Trot for two 10 minute intervals

Wednesday

Ride for about 40 minutes, focusing on suppleness. Really ride into corners but keep him straight when on the rail. Serpentines, figure eights, 20m circles, and spirals to 30-20m. Trot for two 10 minute intervals

Thursday

Ride for about 40 minutes, focusing on suppleness. Really ride into corners but keep him straight when on the rail. Serpentines, figure eights, 20m circles, and spirals to 30-20m. Trot for two 10 minute intervals

Friday

Ride for about 40 minutes, focusing on suppleness. Really ride into corners but keep him straight when on the rail. Serpentines, figure eights, 20m circles, and spirals to 30-20m. Trot for two 10 minute intervals

Saturday

Ride for about 40 minutes, focusing on suppleness. Really ride into corners but keep him straight when on the rail. Serpentines, figure eights, 20m circles, and spirals to 20m. Ask him to work from behind. Trot for two 10 minute intervals

Sunday

Ride for about 40 minutes, focusing on suppleness. Really ride into corners but keep him straight when on the rail. Serpentines, figure eights, 20m circles, and spirals to 20m. Ask him to work from behind. Trot for two 10 minute intervals

April

Continuing with the fitness schedule here. Lots of trot work this month, and a lot of it is going to be on the track and/or the field. Keep arena work to a minimum as we experience scary things such as other horses cantering past, trees, and sprinklers of doom. He should be prepared to start dressage training by the end of this month, so a lot of suppling exercises and working on connection. His self carriage should be loads better by the end.

01.03.11 – 01.09.11

Monday

Off day

Tuesday

Dressage – same as sunday

Wednesday

Flatwork – just relax.  Walk, trot, and canter aimlessly around for about 30 minutes.  Let him gallop if he is behaving

Thursday

Off Day – turnout in the arena.

Friday

Dressage – same as tuesday

Saturday

Dressage – practice transitions

Sunday

Dressage – practice transitions

01.10.11 – 01.16.11

Monday

Off Day – turnout in the arena

Tuesday

Longe and Flatwork and Dressage – longe over cavalletti for about 30 minutes.  Ride over the cavalletti at the walk for about 10 minutes, and then do a few basic dressage exercises.  Relax on a free rein

Wednesday

Flatwork and Dressage – walk for about 15 minutes to supple up at the walk, trot, and canter on both reins. Ride on a straight line over one cavalletto at the walk and then at the trot, with 5 minutes rest in between, for about 20 minutes. Do a few basic dressage exercises and walk on a free rein to relax

Thursday

Dressage – some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Friday

Flatwork and Dressage – take about 5-10 minutes to supple him up then ride over cavalletti for about 30 minutes, beginning with the walk, then medium walk, then trot towards the end and all on straight lines but increasing the distances between rails.  Allow 5 minutes rest in between the gait changes.  Ride a few dressage exercises at the canter and then ride on a free rein

Saturday

Dressage – same as thursday

Sunday

Either A: go out into the jumping field and work on cantering quietly and jumping a few small jumps or B: do some dressage exercises to improve submission and suppling up, then canter in the forward seat on both reins, and jump once or twice from the trot and canter

01.17.11 – 01.23.11

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork and Dressage – supple up for at least 15 minutes and, during this, ride on a loose rein over a straight line of cavalletti.  Walk and trot over cavalletti on straight lines for about 20 minutes, building up to as many cavalletti as possible.  Canter a few dressage exercises and then ride on a free rein

Wednesday

Dressage – some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Thursday

Flatwork and Dressage – ride for about 15 minutes to supple up then ride at the walk and trot with strides in between on straight lines and with increased distances for about 30 minutes and with about 5 minutes pause between each exercise.  That was a run on sentence.  Do a little bit of dressage

Friday

Dressage – some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Saturday

Either A: cavalletti on the longe and then a little bit of dressage with a long relaxation period at the end or B: some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Sunday

Either A: go out into the jumping field and work on cantering quietly and jumping a few small jumps or B: do some dressage exercises to improve submission and suppling up, then canter in the forward seat on both reins, and jump once or twice from the trot and canter or C: ride for about 15 minutes to supple up then ride at the walk and trot with strides in between on straight lines and with increased distances for about 30 minutes and with about 5 minutes pause between each exercise.  That was a run on sentence.  Do a little bit of dressage

01.24.11 – 01.30.11

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork and Dressage – supple up for at least 15 minutes and, during this, ride on a loose rein over a straight line of cavalletti.  Walk and trot over cavalletti on straight lines for about 20 minutes, building up to as many cavalletti as possible.  Canter a few dressage exercises and then ride on a free rein

Wednesday

Flatwork – Supple up for about 15 minutes and then ride over straight lines of cavalletti at the walk and trot for about 15 minutes.  Then canter for about 10 minutes in the forward seat on both reins, and a few times over ground rails.  Walk to relax

Thursday

Dressage – some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Friday

Dressage and Jumping – about 15 minutes to supple up then some dressage exercises to improve submission.  Work on gymnastic jumping with one cavalletto and one obstacle.  Walk to relax

Saturday

Dressage – some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Sunday

Flatwork and Jumping – take about 15 minutes to supple up, including walking over cavalletti on straight lines a few times.  Canter in the forward seat for about 10 minutes then gymnastic jumping with continual changes of building.  Walk to relax

08.30.10 – 09.05.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Dressage – lots of suppling exercises

Wednesday

Dressage – some non-strenuous dressage exercises for about 1 hour

Thursday

Dressage – lots of suppling exercises

Friday

Flatwork and Jumping – take about 15 minutes to supple up, including walking over cavalletti on straight lines a few times.  Canter in the forward seat for about 10 minutes then gymnastic jumping with several cavalletti in front of the obstacle.  Walk to relax

Saturday

Dressage – practice balance and all transitions.  Also suppleness and rhythm Try to work him for at least 1-1.5 hours

Sunday

Either A: basic training over cavalletti and poles or B: jump single jumps or C: ride a showjumping course.  Prelude all of these with 15 minutes of suppling exercises

May

-Flatwork and Cavalletti and Dressage: Start practicing flatwork as it applies to jumping: large, smooth circles; responsiveness to aids; lines.  If jumping was successful last month, bring it back during the second week.  This would be a good month to really start working on lateral exercises. Bring back our good friends the cavalletti and work on flexibility and responsiveness.  Start to make our dressage actually dressage-y.

11.30.09 – 12.06.09

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Dressage

Wednesday

Dressage

Thursday

Dressage

Friday

Dressage

Saturday

Dressage

Sunday

Dressage

12.07.09 – 12.13.09

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

1

Wednesday

2

Thursday

3

Friday

12

Saturday

13

Sunday

14

12.14.09 – 12.20.09

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork – supple up with all three gaits for about 20 minutes and conclude with trotting and walking over cavalletti on straight lines.  Work on exercises to improve submission, at the same time as practicing transitions and walking on a long rein over the ground rails.  Ride straight forward, mostly at the trot.  Walk to relax.

Wednesday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc

Thursday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the trot concluding with increased distances to improve activity and the scope of movement

Friday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc

Saturday

Longeing – longe over cavalletti.  Make this one a light day

Sunday

Flatwork – practice this week’s exercises, especially the cavalletti focused ones

12.21.09 – 12.27.09

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc

Wednesday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the walk over shortened distances to improve the collected walk

Thursday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc

Friday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.  Use cavalletti only to supple up.  Don’t want to burn him out on these

Saturday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the trot, concluding with sitting trot over shortened distances to improve the expression of movement

Sunday

Flatwork – practice this week’s exercises, especially the cavalletti focused ones

June

-Dressage and Cavalletti and a bit of Jumping. Start to really refine our training level dressage.  Start up with using the cavalletti as a training program again.  Also a bit of jumping towards the end of the month.  Important goal for this month: attempt to stay alive as Cass experiences sub-zero temperatures and snow for the first time. This is also the checkpoint month. Did we meet last year’s goals? If not, why? What do we need to work on more? What are this year’s goals and how are we going to accomplish them?

12.28.09 – 01.03.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Longeing – longe over cavalletti

Wednesday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Thursday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.  Use cavalletti only to supple up.  Don’t want to burn him out on these

Friday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the trot concluding with increased distances to improve activity and the scope of movement

Saturday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Sunday

Flatwork – practice this week’s exercises, especially the cavalletti focused ones

01.04.10 – 01.10.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork – supple up with all three gaits for about 20 minutes and conclude with trotting and walking over cavalletti on straight lines.  Work on exercises to improve submission, at the same time as practicing transitions and walking on a long rein over the ground rails.  Ride straight forward, mostly at the trot.  Walk to relax

Wednesday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Thursday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the walk, concluding with increased distances to improve the scope of the movement

Friday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Saturday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the trot, concluding with sitting trot over shortened distances to improve the expression of movement

Sunday

Flatwork – practice this week’s exercises, especially the cavalletti focused ones

01.11.10 – 01.17.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Dressage –

Wednesday

Dressage –

Thursday

Dressage –

Friday

Dressage –

Saturday

Dressage –

Sunday

Dressage –

01.18.10 – 01.24.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

L

Wednesday

F

Thursday

F

Friday

F

Saturday

F

Sunday

F

01.25.10 – 01.31.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork – a longish suppling up period with cavalletti work at the trot on a straight line at the posting trot.  Then canter in the forward and do some exercises to improve submission.  Walk to relax

Wednesday

Jumping – supple up and do exercises to increase willingness.  Reintroduce gymnastic jumping concluding with one or two single jumps.  Walk to relax

Thursday

Either A: do some dressage exercises, specifically bending – circles, serpentines, voltes, etc or B: go on a quiet hack

Friday

Dressage and Jumping – a few dressage exercises from the previous days and then a few easy obstacles from a canter.  Make this one a light day

Saturday

Either A:cross country with uphill work and easy canter over even ground or B: dressage

Sunday

Jumping – jumps on a straight line and circles

July

-Jumping and Dressage. Lots of jumping this month, while bringing back some dressage at the end.  Should be getting very proficient with the jumping – not a lot of refusing, acting like a crazy freak, galloping towards the next obstacle, etc.  Also my position is going to be getting a lot of reinforcement from Cass this month since it is kind of sloppy now and he hates it and is going to make me change it before he does a good job.  New things this month too, like pretty jumps and unfamiliar places.

02.01.10 – 02.07.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Flatwork and Jumping – loosen up and then do some exercises to improve the way of going.  Canter over cavalletti or low jumps in jumping position.  Ride on loose rein to cool off

Wednesday

Either A: longeing over cavalletti with some dressage for loosening up after or B: longeing over cavalletti with ridden cavalletti work at the trot on curved lines or C: longeing over cavalletti with cantering to improve gait after or D: ride on a loose rein to cool off

Thursday

Jumping – gymnastic jumping

Friday

Dressage – some dressage exercises, specifically bending – circles, serpentines, voltes, etc

Saturday

Jumping – attempt a *gasp* showjumping course

Sunday

Off Day

02.08.10 – 02.14.10

Monday

Flatwork – a longish suppling up period with cavalletti work at the trot on a straight line at the posting trot.  Then canter in the forward and do some exercises to improve submission.  Walk to relax

Tuesday

Jumping – gymnastic jumping, asking for more effort

Wednesday

Flatwork and Jumping – loosen up and then do some exercises to improve the way of going.  Canter over cavalletti or low jumps in jumping position.  Ride on loose rein to cool off

Thursday

Either A: do some dressage exercises, specifically bending – circles, serpentines, voltes, etc or B: go on a quiet hack

Friday

Flatwork and Jumping – suppling up and then cavalletti work at the canter and jumping over combinations

Saturday

Flatwork – supple up and then canter to improve condition on both reins, pausing in between to walk.  Walk to relax, then walk over cavalletti in straight lines a few times with a free rein

Sunday

Jumping – showjumping using strange and colorful jumps (this will be fun)

02.15.10 – 02.21.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Either A: long period of suppling up outside, concluding with dressage or B: Flatwork – a longish suppling up period with cavalletti work at the trot on a straight line at the posting trot.  Then canter in the forward and do some exercises to improve submission.  Walk to relax or C: Flatwork and Jumping – loosen up and then do some exercises to improve the way of going.  Canter over cavalletti or low jumps in jumping position.  Ride on loose rein to cool off

Wednesday

Jumping – supple up and do exercises to increase willingness.  Reintroduce gymnastic jumping concluding with one or two single jumps.  Walk to relax

Thursday

Dressage – work on our dressage; what needs it most?

Friday

Flatwork- riding varied distances over cavalletti on curved lines

Saturday

Either A: do some dressage exercises, specifically bending – circles, serpentines, voltes, etc or B: go on a quiet hack

Sunday

Jumping – showjump in an unfamiliar place (eek!)

02.22.10 – 02.28.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Dressage –

Wednesday

Dressage and Jumping –

Thursday

Jumping –

Friday

Dressage and Jumping –

Saturday

Jumping –

Sunday

Dressage –

August

-Dressage and Jumping. Ah, spring has arrived.  Hopefully the ground will begin to thaw, now and the bluebirds will sing and bright and colorful flowers will pop up everywhere.  This is a good month for…Dressage!  And Jumping!  Training level dressage should be pretty solid by the end of the month and our showjumping should be nearly show worthy.  This month’s goal?  Make it to a few shows.

03.01.10 – 03.7.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

L

Wednesday

F

Thursday

F

Friday

F

Saturday

F

Sunday

F

03.08.10 – 03.14.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

A

Wednesday

B

Thursday

C

Friday

R

Saturday

X

Sunday

T

September

-Dressage and Hacking and Cross Country. This is the month o’ hacking.  Hit the trails and keep arena time to a minimum.  Dressage can be done out in the field and, later in the month, a bit of jumping can be introduced.  Remember, trails, trails, trails!  Get Cass accustomed to all of those scary things out there.

12.28.09 – 01.03.10

Monday

Off Day

Tuesday

Longeing – longe over cavalletti

Wednesday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Thursday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.  Use cavalletti only to supple up.  Don’t want to burn him out on these

Friday

Flatwork – cavalletti work at the trot concluding with increased distances to improve activity and the scope of movement

Saturday

Flatwork – practice basic exercises – transitions, etc.

Sunday

Flatwork – practice this week’s exercises, especially the cavalletti focused ones

 

January: This is the month o’ fitness. Learn to love the indoor because that is where we’ll be constantly. Cardio and conditioning and muscle building exercises. Lots of trotting and pole work. Impulsion, please.
February: Continue last month’s fitness plans, but with more cavalletti now. Cass has absolutely no butt and he needs one. Sprinkle fitness with some training level dressage work.
March: This is dressage month. Dressage is pretty, cadenced, and relaxed. Cass and I are not. Work on this.
April: There is a really relaxed dressage schooling show on campus early this month. And another (USEF/USDF recognized) mid month. Try to go and not embarrass myself too completely. This means the first half of this month will be more serious training than what we normally do. Keep working on the dressage the second half but also get out on those trails!
May: This is Missouri’s wettest month so it will probably be more indoor riding. Lots of cavalletti work. Make up the six week schooling plan with them. Also finals month so rides are going to be shorter. Make them still worth something.
June: Continue with the cavalletti schooling plan until mid month and then reintroduce jumping. Keep up with the relaxing hacks as well.
July: This is the month for building our technique over jumps. We aren’t going to be ready for courses yet, probably, so loads of gridwork. Both our forms need work.
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:


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