Time to get fit!

By Janie Rentz, April 21, 2014

A few quick tips for working on your horses fitness after a LONG winter!

After this never ending winter it is important to bring your horses fitness back at a steady pace. Bringing your horse back too quickly can lead to soreness and an overall unhappiness in your horse. It was like when I went for a  two hour hike after the snow had cleared, because I could finally hike, and then I had shin splints for days after! The same thing happens to your horse when you get back to work, so here are some tips to keep it fun for you and your horse.

1. Make sure that your warm up has a long walk in both directions to loosen up. Walking is also a great way to muscle your horse up without too much strain.

Here is a picture of one of my horses and me having a nice walk before working.

2. When you start your work at the trot and canter make sure to give plenty of walk breaks in between

3. Watch how long you ride and if you ride for longer, make sure to do some relaxation work in between your collected work.

4. Try doing some stretches yourself before riding, it will help you to be less sore after a long winter break from riding.

Please share your tips for getting back into fitness and keeping it fun!


Waiting on SPRING…..

By Janie Rentz, March 24, 2014

What are you doing with your horse while waiting on the Spring weather? Here in Virginia we have been getting about a once a week warm up and now it is snowing outside! AGAIN! My horses are blankets on, blankets off, blankets on, blankets off! What can we do during this in- between time?

This is a great time to look over your dressage tests, check out the up coming show schedule and sit back with a cup of coffee. Spend some time pulling your horses manes and clipping them up in preparation for the upcoming show season. Spring will be here before you know it, and sometimes doing those detail projects gives you more ride time once the weather warms up! Here is a picture of one of my horses and I waiting to go into the show ring last year, enjoying the mountain views. Share here what you are doing to get ready for Spring!

Here at JL Training what do we do when the winter just will not let go? Wii DANCE!!

By Janie Rentz, March 16, 2014

Sometimes in life you just have to have fun and this winter has tested most of us Northern folks to the MAX! Here we are in Purcellville, Va with ten inches of snow on the ground! So, what have we done to help stay fit and laughing this winter? Wii dance! Yes, we have been dancing to Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction, and I just can’t believe that I am admitting this on here!! If you are tagged in these pics on my Facebook and would rather stay anonymous, I don’t blame you! But hey let’s dance in the snow one more time and bring the Spring weather!! Cheers to a snowy St. Patrick’s day day my friends!

These boots were made for dancing or MUD?

By Janie Rentz, March 06, 2014

Having the proper boots for the occasion is something that this winter has taught me well. I am all for wearing the tall proper dressage dress boots all day for riding and teaching, however this winter has given me cause to re-think my footwear. This winter has been sub-zero temperatures, snow, ice and mud. I went from my traditional boots to some insulated riding boots, but then they failed and couldn’t handle the wet snow. Time for me to consider tall insulated and WATERPROOF riding boots! It was the waterproof part of these boots that saved me in the snow and they are great for the MUD as well. I was concerned about riding in them but they work well, and also allow room for warm layers. They come in many different brands and are comfortable enough to wear all day with thick socks! What is your favorite footwear for this weather? Please share it here with us!

The Legacy of Master Nuno Oliveira

By Janie Rentz, February 25, 2014

The wonderful book titled The Legacy of Master Nuno Oliveira was written by Stephanie Grant Millham who was one of his students. The book was published by Xenophon press who is a publisher of Classical dressage books.

Stephanie gave a great talk at the Middleburg Library about what it was like to train with such a master. I highly recommend her book for anyone who is looking to learn what it was like to be a student of such a master of dressage. Stephanie has written a clear and wonderful book that you are sure to enjoy! Stephanie is a great lady and I have fond memories of riding with her when I was home for a summer in college. I have looked up to her ever since I saw her ride a beautiful Andalusian stallion at an ODAA show when I was in high school. She rode that horse so well and effortlessly! Since this winter seems to be dragging on, grab this book and enjoy the ride :)

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