Action Plan to improve my knowledge and understanding of a horse within the dressage phase

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Action Plan Action Plan to improve my knowledge and understanding of a horse within the dressage phase To allow my action plan to have a great impact on my riding I have decided to focus on my new horse to help me gain a wider range of knowledge and hopefully progress further with my riding. The horse I have just received Nebraska, was a trained point to point race horse, it had won a couple of races but was no longer able to continue its career further due to a slight tendon injury. Therefore I have been given the chance to change Nebraska into an event horse for myself. This will be a challenge because so many aspects of the horse will need to be changed. The muscles of a race horse have been adapted for him to allow his shape to be long, whereas compared to an event horse the outline of the horse needs to be round. The muscles therefore are built differently (short and more compact) to allow the horse to hold this position. Dressage needs to have a lot of self carriage in the hindquarters, underneath him, and more uphill, off his forehand.

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One of my weaknesses is my cardiovascular endurance I feel that it has dropped massively lately, this therefore isn't helping with my riding and will need to be higher if I want to progress further with eventing, fences will get higher, lengths of courses will get longer. This means my cardiovascular endurance will need to be higher to ensure that my heart can deliver oxygen to all my muscles during long lengthy events to allow the strength to keep the horse under my control at all times. To test my level of cardiovascular endurance I will do the multistage fitness test. This will allow me to see my level of fitness. I will then retest myself after the 6 week action plan and see weather my training programme has worked. This will be shown by reaching a higher level in the multistage fitness test. I will be doing various running courses which I have planned out around the fields situated by my house. Course 1; A flat course. Course 2; A course with different gradients of terrain. Course 3; A long course with lots of different gradients of terrain.

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I am going to record my pulse before I do my run, straight after I have finished and then 1 and 3 minutes after. I will do this to see if my recovery rate decreases, is so this means that I am fitter. Various changes should occur over the 6 weeks -Blood volume may increase. -Arteries get larger and more elastic. -Resting HR gets lower. -After exercise HR returns to normal quicker. -More exchange of O2 and CO2. -More capillaries. -Better gas exchange. When completing this action plan, I must take into account other exercise that I participate in. I'm a keen hockey player and will shortly be going away on hockey tour. Where we will always be on the move at all times, this means my fitness should increase. I also train regularly with my tetrathlon team. We go swimming weekly and are under going a training programme with exercises to help us not only with the swimming phase but the running as well. This is another aspect which should help boost my fitness levels. At the end of the training programme I will repeat the multistage fitness test. If any improvements have been made then I will gain a higher level in the test. This will prove my action plan has been successful an will allow me to become a stronger horse rider. Frankie Evans

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