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Jumping back into training after a 3-month hiatus with Joel Pearce

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Jumping back into training after a 3-month hiatus with Joel Pearce

Autumn this year is all about getting back into a routine for me, after having spent three months away from my horses, training and competition.

There were a lot of positives I have taken away from having such a lengthy break out of the saddle, personally I could truly evaluate the year passed and consider coming into the 2017 season, setting some awesome new goals I am to achieve.

The negatives of being away from my horses for this break period however, is the fitness levels of both my horses and myself. I now aim to train my horses six days a week and work on my own personal fitness five days a week.

My Autumn Training Schedule








Usually a light ride, outside of the arena, around Eden Park, to freshen up their minds after competing for a weekend.

Focusing on flat work, and stretching out and stiffness in my horse.

Try to have a jumping lesson with my coach.

Have a big gallop or canter around my paddock, usually done in two-point position.

Again, another easy ride if I am heading to another show, or they will get the day off.



Now that I’m back into training it will be back to early wake ups, to focus on my own fitness before I start my day. I enjoy a morning work out and feel it puts me in a positive frame of mind and gives me the confidence to pursue the rest of my day. Once I’m home, I feed my horses and then set out, generally either attending university two days a week, and a busy study schedule in between



Riding at Home

When it comes to riding my horse at home, I like to finish my day training with a night ride, usual at 6 or 7pm. I have always preferred riding in the late afternoon, I feel as though after a day studying or working I like to do something relaxing and fun to clear my mind of other commitments, before returning to study for a few hours before bed.


Overcoming Challenges as a Rider

One of my problems as a rider is the dominance with my right hand, this causes my horses to bend to the right, therefore taking away the straightness over the fence - which takes away a horses scope.

A big aspect of my training is consciously focusing on my straightness of my horse, and ensuring he is reactive to my aids. For instance, my horse bends his shoulder to the left because of my right-sided dominance, therefore I do a lot of flexion to the left, pushing his shoulders away from my left leg – this is done in a 15 - 20 metre circle.

Another thing to remember is an active strong canter does not necessarily mean a faster canter, your horse should maintain the same power in a collected canter and an extended canter, it should not become weak and struggle when you’re adjusting for different strides when riding on course.


Its OK to make mistakes

Something to remember for young riders is that we're all going to make mistakes when we are riding, it is the riders who make it to the next level that can immediately recognize these mistakes and correct themselves as soon as possible whilst on course and in training.

The simple and small mistakes in riding are the vital things to correct. You may think that making a small (1%) mistake is okay, however, once you begin to make a few of these mistakes they all begin to add up, and suddenly, the little mistakes have turned into big ones that can affect your success. Balance and rhythm is key! 3 things I always think about before I canter through the start flags is Body, eyes and canter, meaning;
1. Is my position correct?
2. Where am I looking?
3. Is my canter an active and positive canter?


Taking care of your horses

Currently my horses are being given TuffRock Equine Joint Formula and Gastro Intestinal with their feed.  

Before I ride, my horses will have the equissage on for 15-20 minutes. After a day of jumping, I will ice their legs for 15 minutes followed by a TuffRock Poultice. It is important to take care of your horses before and after training to ensure they are fit and healthy all year round. 


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