Knowing when to rest
|"Whew, I'm beat!"|
That's when I knew it was time to give him an extra day off.
You see, we've been doing really well on our training schedule. I've been riding 5 times a week (4 dressage schools, and one conditioning/mental break/long hack) regularly, and I think the intensity of the schooling work really started to get to him.
Our schooling hit a totally new level last week as we switched our focus to developing more power in each gait. We've been hitting the canter/walk/canter transitions hard, and asking for a lot of work keeping connected when lengthening and coming back to collection.
Basically, we've been kicking ass and I think it's time to step back for a day and let all that work sink in.
A year ago, I wouldn't have understood how to plan that as well as I do now. Reaching for higher levels of training has taught me to see pausing for a breather as a benefit to training, rather than a stumbling block on the way success. Despite my change in view, I still don't regularly schedule breaks. Life as an Adult Amateur means I juggle so many things, breaks seem to just happen. Or, I wait until my horse tells me he's ready for a moment to rest. I'm not sure that won't change as we keep advancing our training, but it works for us right now.
With luck, Guinness and I will both be back to work on Saturday morning in a better mood and feeling ready to work. While Pig is off, I'm going to fit in another session for myself at the gym and deep clean my house (I'm coming for you husky-hair-dustbunnies!). No use wasting all that free time, right?
Do you guys ever schedule in breaks during your training? Or do you let your horses tell you when they need a moment to chill?