EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST CHALLENGES THINKING
Internationally renowned expert on horse exercise, Dr. David
Marlin gave an evening talk to a good audience of equine enthusiasts
at Brackenhurst - the first event of the Winter Equestrian Series
organised by Hoyland Event.
Looking at all equestrian disciplines, he explained how to gain
a competitive edge and get the most from your horse ... often t
he difference between 1 st and 10 th place is only a few percentage
David discussed how making small improvements in key areas can
help to lift overall performance making the difference between
being placed or unplaced, winning or losing.
David considered selecting the right horse, effective approaches
to skill and fitness training then optimizing management
and transport. After a short break, he discussed warming-up,
finishing with competition strategy and how to learn to build
on your competition experience.
Zoe Cobb, Commercial Manager at Brackenhurst
Equestrian Centre said "The lecture was interesting and informative.
David was very personable answering a broad spectrum of questions
with clarity and diplomacy. He is sure to have challenged the
audience's way of thinking about how they work their horses and
given them much 'food for thought' .
Take Home Messages
The difference between winning and losing
is often very small
You need to start with good material, but
basing this entirely on breeding is not reliable
To improve you need to be critical, brave,
logical and prepared to try things
Training is a large area where there is room
Learn from human sport
Train more effectively and reduce the risk
Use Tapering as a tool
Analyse - training & competition
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