Learn Something New During Quarantine with These Ideas

For anyone who suddenly finds themself with a bit more time on their hands these days, it can be a struggle to feel like you’re still making progress and working towards a goal.

Some barns are closing or limiting the interactions boarders can have, and much training has been put on hold since there are no competitions for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, there are many among us who are essential workers — those serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, working in medical fields, retail, mail service, food service, and many other industries.

Gone (for now, hopefully) are the days of leisure spent at the barn, and it can be devastating to look back at how different the world looks compared to just a few short weeks ago.

Whatever your scenario may be, the reality is: life is much different than it was just last month. In order to help fill the gap of learning and education that many riders crave, we rounded up some reading material and videos that you can use during any downtime you may have.

Read this if you want to learn about training with heart rate:

How to Measure Your Horse’s Fitness Using a Heart Monitor:

Heart rate is the most reliable indicator of your horse's condition when used before, during, and after exercise. Since the cardiovascular system is responsible for delivering blood to the muscles and removing by-products of metabolism, it is central to the horse's musculoskeletal system's ability to function.

Watch this if you want to learn about working with nervous horses:

Read this if you want to improve your mental strength for competition:

Daniel Stewart: Admit, Accept, Advance:

Mistakes make us bigger, bolder, brighter, and braver, but only if we have the courage to own, accept, and learn from them. Coping with mistakes, mishaps, missed opportunities, and messing up is, however, is a common struggle shared by many riders.

Watch this if you want to re-organize your tack room:

Read this if you want to learn more about fitness for horses:

Maximize Your Fitness at Any Level

Think fitness isn’t important if you’re competing at a lower level of equestrian sport? You might want to think again. 

Sure, your horse may be reasonably athletic, serviceably fit. But that cross-country schooling lesson you have scheduled, your first one in a few months, may have effects on your horse that aren’t going to register as dead lameness or illness. 

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