Daily schedules can help balance out horses’ looks and attitudes.
Using a daily schedule when
training can significantly improve horse health.
The most important part of keeping horses on
track is to constantly evaluate them. Look at
the horse every day, or at least two to three
times a week, to see if he is losing or gaining
weight, putting on hair or getting too hyper.
Re-evaluate your horse regularly because they
change with growth patterns and times of the
year. Constantly readjust your exercise and
feeding schedule to achieve that optimal look
and attitude for your horse.
Mike’s daily routine in his facility:
4:30 a.m. – Mike feeds all the horses.
7:30 a.m. – Begin the cycle of exercising the
horses. The routine for each horse is:
•Put on leg wraps and neck sweats
•Exercise each horse for a prescribed amount of
•Remove leg wraps, leaving the neck sweat in
•Hose feet and legs, clean out feet
•Tie horse in stall with neck sweat still on
(maximum for one and a half hours)
•Untie horse and remove neck sweat and replace
sheets or blankets
12 p.m. – All horses have been exercised
1 p.m. Begin cycle of grooming all horses. The
routine for each horse:
•Brush with rubber curry to remove sweat and
•Brush with soft brush
4:30 p.m. – Horses are fed.
The guy who pays the bills is boss. Don’t
mandate what the owner does with his or her
horse. A trainer’s job is to help guide
customers but leave the decision up to them.
If owners take their horses home, work with them
to keep the horses in their routine, encourage
the owners to keep them at close to the same
amount of condition, with about the same about
amount of exercise and the same amount of feed.
A horse that is on a scheduled program has fewer
health problems and is generally happier because
he knows what to expect every day.
There are people who keep their horses at home
that can be as competitive as any trainer. Some
people simply want to have their horses at home
and enjoy them, rather than leaving them with a
trainer all the time.
Either is fine. But if these owners win, it’s
because they have spent a lot of time at it, and
they’ve studied their lessons. People do not put
successful programs together overnight; it’s a