I found an article that covers the physiology of conditioning – changes to the muscle mass, cardiovascular, and skeletal structures of the horse.  It provides some insight to what I am trying to acheive with the Long Slow Distance (LSD) work.  Increase the work load slightly each week, without undue stress on the recovering EPM horse.

Things were not going well on the ride today.  The mare is in heat, and has been bolting from the deer.  We simply went for a long walk.  Some days are like that.  I have to learn to accept that Fudge’s improvement will not be a straight upward line on a graph.

“Is Your Horse Fit?  The Physiology of Conditioning”


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