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Date Posted: 17:18:56 03/09/11 Wed
Author: Brandie
Subject: Great Kuering info
In reply to: Amerins 's message, "Keuring" on 20:05:34 10/13/10 Wed

>Congrats on your Friesian, glad you are enjoying her!
>When we train them for the Keuring, we like to stop
>riding them for a while and just work in hand. I
>usually start about 3 months in advance, some horses
>need more time, it doesn't hurt to start sooner.
>I lunge them in side reins that are not to short, you
>want to keep the nose on or slightly in front of the
>vertical. ( I don't use actual reins, I use a piece of
>nylon rope that I run from the sides of the surcingle,
>through the bit, then through the ring between the
>front legs, through the other bitring, and then to the
>surcingle on that side. That way they can bring their
>head up or down, but they can't make themselves long
>and flat.)
>Anyways, I lunge them in a lower position to start
>off, after a couple of weeks, as they grow stronger, I
>gradually start attaching the side reins a bit higher.
>I want the neck to come up out of the withers and
>arch, without the horse dropping it's back.
>I also use the longlines, and lunge them with those in
>the arena, working on transitions within the trot. I
>will collect them a bit on a smaller volte in a
>corner, en as soon as they are in balance and soft, I
>let them go straight onto the long side and extend the
>trot. As soon as the trot starts to fall apart, I get
>back on my circle and re-balance the horse. This
>teaches them to balance on their hindquarters, and
>they will start to take more weight behind, meaning
>the frontlegs will be able to move out further.
>In the last 6 to 8 weeks I also start using weighted
>boots, to strenghten the hindquarters. Be careful not
>to use these on an unconditioned horse though, and
>never use them for long periods of time. It is like
>weightlifting for the horse. Don't use very heavy ones
>As far as my training schedule, I train them in the
>trot every other day, switching between longlining
>(developing thrusting power) and lunging (developing
>muscle tone). The other days, they go on the hotwalker
>to train the walk.
>If possible, it is probably a good idea to practise
>standing her up a couple of times, and teach her to
>stand still. Also, if you can practise the actual
>running with the person that will be showing her, that
>will help. If not, run her a couple of times yourself,
>so you (and her) know what to expect, and you can tell
>the runner.
>The other important things, are that ours are not
>turned out. They are rinsed off every day after
>working to keep them as black as possible. I braid the
>mane as well.
>The feeding is very important too. You want them lean
>but muscled up, absolutely not fat!!
>Feed a higher energy feed and less hay close before
>the keuring, keep bloating to a minimum.
>That's about all I can tell you, it's just how we do
>it but it seems to work. Hope it helps you :)

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