Watch the video: Do you work your horse hard enough to raise his breathing rate? If you want better results maybe you should.
Using a training cycle means that you, the rider, has an overall plan. This plan involves having some days that are harder than others. Often times if the rider doesn’t make this plan…the horse will by becoming difficult. Many horses would improve if they had some more challenging rides where they were required to work hard enough to raise their breathing rate. Several hard workouts makes both the horse and the rider appreciate the ‘easier’ days.
The concept of cycles applies not only to individual workouts, but to overall training plans over weeks and months. For example, pertaining to a weekly plan, Monday will be an easier day than Tuesday, Wednesday. And Thursday may be the peak of the week, and Friday will be easier — similar to Monday or Tuesday. The weekend can be used as recovery time, as time needs to be allowed for the body to rest and rebuild.
On an even bigger scale, looking at a month or several months, the training should have cycles in which week one is easier than week two, three and four but then week five might head back down the scale.
A horse that is ridden several times a week, with a routine that never changes, will often become more difficult because they have reached a level of fitness and are not being challenged either physically or mentally.