As the glow surrounding the show starts to wear off, I’m starting to look forward again to getting back to the grind and working on the weaknesses illustrated during competition.
Foster always gets the day off after any serious taxing day, such as a private dressage or jumping lesson, and any show. Then on day 2 post-show I like to get him moving and stretch, stretch, stretch. I find it’s a nice way to ease back into work and release any soreness-related tension he might be harboring still.
Day 3, I generally do some kind of dressage work, but not at a typical intensity. Then day 4 we’re back to our normal routine of either a 45 minute dressage session or light jump school.
So that’s my routine. What do you guys like to do after a show? Do you give lots of time off, or get back to business right away?
We have a ‘day off after show rule’ at my stable! I think it’s a really good day to relax and unwind for both the horses and riders! 🙂
I will give 1-2 days off depending on how long we were showing and when the next show is. Usually my first ride back is pretty light as well.
I know the ponies appreciate days off as much as we do!
Generally Henry gets turned out for a day or two (for a few hours or half a day) after the show and then the third day we hack and then back into jumping twice a week and hacking the other days.
I would love to get back to jumping twice a week- that sounds like a great routine!
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