Thursday, January 10, 2013

Western Irish Hunter BLUP by Loxy_


I always feed early on. So in order to get the most out of
feeding I “predict” how much my horse will need to eat for the whole day. So I
feed the whole amount; fodder and grain. So when I say “feed” I mean the whole
amount of fodder and grain. I have added a table below so you accurately “predict”
how much to feed your horse.



Feeding proportions table:

11lbs. of Fodder=4.4lbs grain

13lbs Fodder=5.5lbs grain

15lbs Fodder=6.1lbs grain



Also with Hunters if I have a shower, I do lessons every day. Because I end up
with a little nicer horse in the end and you do have the time too with this
breed. But it is optional.



Starting at 1.8years of age;

First: Long Gallop Rides

Groom

1.30hrs gallop ride (At 2 years if you want to start doing lessons, replace
this step with a lesson)

Turnip

Feed

5hr gallop rides (Sometimes you can get 5.30hrs if you can, go for it)

Stroke

Drink

Carrot

Bed

(I always but my horses to bed in the box, just because I do. But you may use
the meadow given it has a blanket or conditions are good enough i.e.
Temperature.)

Do this, until you get no more gain from LONG gallop rides.



Next we are going to want to start training, by training I mean your training
bars NOT rides.

Next-Stamina Training

Groom

2hrs stamina (If you are doing lessons, replace this step with a lesson)

Turnip

Feed

6.30hrs stamina training

Stroke

Drink

Carrot

Bed



Next: Dressage Training

Groom

2hr Dressage Training (If you are doing lessons, replace this step with a
lesson)

Turnip

Feed

10hrs Dressage training

Stroke

Drink

Bed

(Note; I am NOT giving a carrot. If I do my horse will go to bed late, after
22:00, and wake up with low morale and possibly low health.)



Next: Reining competitions (Try to enter in in comps that take away as
little energy as possible)

Groom

Reining comp

Reining comp (If you are doing lessons, replace the first two comps, with a
lesson.)

Turnip

Feed

Reining comp

Reining comp

Reining comp

Reining comp

Stroke

Drink

Bed

(Note: I am NOT giving a carrot here either)



Now, if there was no comps requiring less energy to enter you might only get 5
comps instead of 6. A good rule to go by is, when you get to your fourth comp
look at your energy. And do a little math, I know, I know, it’s horrible of me
but if you don’t want to, just play it safe and only enter 5 comps instead of
six (or a lesson and 3). If you will have less than 8% energy left after the
last comp, don’t enter. Your horse will go to bed with under 20% energy, or you
will try to get more energy and give a carrot causing your horse to go to bed
late.



Now, you will enter Reining comps until you have gotten all of your skill gain.
Now you will probably think I am crazy because you will have maybe 1 win so
far. But please bear with me. Remember at the top I said I normally end with 40
plus wins? None of those come from Reining.



Next: Gallop Training

Groom

2hrs Gallop training (If you are doing lessons, replace this step with a
lesson.)

Turnip

Feed

7.30hrs Gallop Training

Stroke

Drink

Carrot

Bed

Now you will notice all of your top three skills are bolded but you have none
of your wins. Great right? LOL Don’t worry we will fix that really soon.



Now, I normally do barrel races and Western Please comps (WP) and switch from
one to the other daily. In other words one set of barrel races, one set of WP
comps, but you can do them straight through. Whatever floats your boat.

WP comps (try to enter comps that take no more than -10.8% energy, and for
the love of everything good and pure try to avoid comp monsters- those are the horses that have super high skills and fill in tons of comps- because there
is a lot of them for this competition. If something is blanketing, entered in
everything you can see, comps go enter Barrels, see below, then come back.)



Groom

WP comp

WP comp (Replace first two comps with a lesson if you are doing lessons)

Turnip

Feed

WP comp

WP comp

WP comp

WP comp

Stroke

Drink

Bed

(Note; No carrot here either)



Barrel comps

Groom

Barrel comp

Barrel comp (You should be getting the hang of this by now. If you are doing
lessons replace the first two comps with a lesson)

Turnip

Feed

Barrel comp

Barrel comp

Barrel comp

Stroke

Drink

Carrot

Bed


Note: The more speed your horse gets the less amount of energy a comp will
cost, so towards the end you can get 6 comps (or 4 comps and a lesson). But
again, if you are getting 6 comps cut out the carrot. Also remember if our
horse will end up with less the 8% energy after the last comp, play it safe and
opt out of participating in another.


Normally, I can enter barrels and WP comps until I no longer get skill gain and
end at 9.8years with more than enough wins. And remember this is with doing
lessons as well. If you are short on wins wait a few minutes they’ll be there

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