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Sample Fitness Schedule for Novice and Training 3 day horses

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A great way to monitor your horse's fitness while preparing for a Classic 3-Day is with an equine heart rate monitor like the KER Clockit made by Kentucky Equine Research. 

Work backwards from event date:

Week of  Classic Event 

                Monday – off

                Tueday – hack up to 1 hour

                Wednesday – ship

                Thursday – flat work 45” or hack roads and tracks (Phase A & C)

                Friday – Sunday dressage (steeplechase practice & hack A & C), XC and SJ

1 Week out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 6” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 2 with sprint of 2” ( 550m/m T and 500m/m N) within that 6’ canter, then 1 additional 6 min canter (450m/ T and 400m/m N) with  2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 6” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 2 with sprint of 2” ( 550m/m T and 500m/m N) within that 6’ canter, then 1 additional 6 min canter (450m/ T and 400m/m N) with  2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

Sunday – hack 1 hr

2 Weeks out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 6” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 6” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 2 with sprint of 2” ( 550m/m T and 500m/m N) within that 6’ canter, then 1 additional 6 min canter (450m/ T and 400m/m N) with  2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Sunday – hack 1 hr

3 Weeks out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 5” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday - – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 5” canter (450m/m T and 4000m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Sunday – hack 1 hr

4 Weeks out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 4” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday - – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 4” canter (450m/m T and 4000m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Sunday – hack 1 hr

5 Weeks out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 4” canter (400m/m T and 350m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday - – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 4” canter (400m/m T and 350m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out   

                Sunday – hack 1 hr

6 Weeks out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 3” canter (400m/m T and 350m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday - – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 3” canter (400m/m T and 350m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out   

                Sunday – hack 1 hr

Prior to this horse should be fit enough to be participating in horse trials at the correct level

Any of the Saturday gallops can be replaced by a competition date.

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