1 lunging or long reining you shouldnt lunge five times a week or for longer than 20 30 minutes depending on your horse and their current fitness level but done correctly lunging once or twice a week can be a very useful tool in developing fitness if your horse is out of shape start out with lots of walk breaks. After working a horses heart rate should return to normal within 15 minutes if his pulse is still elevated after 45 minutes then the workout was too much for him and youll need to scale back body soreness pinned ears and other signs of pain or resistance may also point toward a horse whos working too hard. A fitness programme for your horse the fitness programme set out below caters for a horse which has been kept ticking over with occasional light hacks and whose rider intends to compete regularly. When assessing a horses form you can classify it into one of the following fitness groups a should be at peak fitness and able to show its best b should be fitter than last start and can improve on that run c likely to be short of peak fitness and condition d possibly on the decline and not going to produce its best 3
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