Since I am a self-coached runner, I always write up a training plan for myself. Seeing a plan on paper ensures that I stick to it, which of course will produce better results at the race.
In Limerick's case, while I don't have any goals to show her (maybe someday, but not now, nor in the immediate future), I do have a goal of being able to ride a jumping course of decent height--a couple feet or so--on her at least a couple times a month.
Naturally, getting her there will take some conditioning. So I decided to write out a plan for her, just like I would myself! This plan is much more flexible than the complex tables and charts I make for my running, but it's a good start and will hopefully put me on the path to jumping courses again.
LIM TRAINING SCHEDULE
1-2 Rides Easy/light collection/trail
1 Ride Dressage
(Individual moves, tests or exercises)
1 Ride Jumping
(poles, individual jumps, courses, or grids)
MONTHLY (from scratch)
1st Month – Build endurance/rhythm/focus,
no jumping fences, pole grids
2nd Month – Small jumps/grids, heightened collection and
3rd Month – Courses/grids with small jumps,
increasingly complex dressage moves
4th Month – Medium (2.5ft) jumps,
1st level dressage tests and up
USE EQUESTRIAN EXERCISES BOOK!
TAKE OCCASIONAL LESSONS! :-)