Preparing for the Competition Season
Although we cannot move for mud at the moment, the event season is just around the corner. Soon the winds and rain will die down and we can get on with enjoying summer with our horses.
Make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running with our competition season checklist.
Our own fitness, as riders, may have taken a back seat over winter, but now’s the time you can get ahead and get prepared to be back in the competition arena. Running and swimming are great ways that you can improve your aerobic fitness, while yoga and Pilates are fantastic for strengthening your core.
It’s so hard to keep up with your fitness routine through the winter weather and shorter days. Coming towards the clocks going forward at the end of March, now is a good time to pick them back up again and get them back into a routine. Hacking is great to build up their fitness, especially walking, which is really beneficial. Faster work, like interval canter training is good to get them moving if you plan to event throughout the summer.
Booking a lesson to freshen up your riding may be a good idea to get you and your horse on form pre-season, if you don’t already have regular lessons. A different set of eyes from the ground could see something that you’re able to tweak to help you get a few extra marks in the dressage arena, or leave just one more fence up in the showjumping.
Lorry or Trailer
Give your mode of transport a health check to ensure it is ready to go. Perhaps start and run your lorry for a while to make sure the battery is charged and it will start when you load up on competition day. Check the tyre tread and pressures to make sure they’re not too low too.
Use our checklist below to make sure your kit is ready for your first competition outing of the season. Ensure you check the stitching on your tack for wear and tear that could cause it to break when you use it. Wash your boots and saddlepads to make sure they’re ready to go whenever you need them.