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Offline pureblarneyTopic starter

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Energetic but out of shape...?
« on: January 21, 2009, 09:27:29 pm »
Hi all! I'm a newbie, and I have a couple of questions, so I thought I'd roll my intro and my q's into one post.  :)

I have two horses (Relentless and Quiet Guest) who have A-level energy, but aren't very fit (they're both D's). What sort of training schedule should I put them on to get them back into shape? Here is the current schedule for Quiet Guest:

Sunday: Jog 3 Miles
Monday: Canter 1.5 Miles, Gallop 2.5 Miles
Tuesday: Jog 2 Miles, Canter 1 Mile, Breeze 4 Furlongs
Wednesday: Walk 2 Miles
Thursday: (same as Monday)
Friday: (same as Tuesday)
Saturday: Off

Yesterday I sent out my horse Fine Notice for a workout (somehow, he got worked out twice with two different jockeys). The first time he seemed to do perfectly fine, but the second time he "ran out of steam." However... today he "took off down the road" and "has too much energy." He has D's in energy and fitness, and I've put him on an

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Re: Energetic but out of shape...?
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009, 10:08:03 pm »
I have two horses (Relentless and Quiet Guest) who have A-level energy, but aren't very fit (they're both D's). What sort of training schedule should I put them on to get them back into shape? Here is the current schedule for Quiet Guest:

Sunday: Jog 3 Miles
Monday: Canter 1.5 Miles, Gallop 2.5 Miles
Tuesday: Jog 2 Miles, Canter 1 Mile, Breeze 4 Furlongs
Wednesday: Walk 2 Miles
Thursday: (same as Monday)
Friday: (same as Tuesday)
Saturday: Off

That looks OK, though I'd ramp up to that.  When horses are incredibly unfit, anything you do with them saps more energy than it normally would.  So I'd start out with a max of 1/2 to 1 mile of work per day, and then extend to 1 1/2 miles, then 2, etc.  Bear in mind that I don't train any of my horses at the moment, so I may be totally ignorant about training regimens. ;)

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Will his energy/willingness improve on a light schedule? Does it matter where he lives if he's getting lots of rest? (When I bought him he was already living in Australia; does the game take into account where his new "home" is? My barn is in NY.)

His willingness may be related to age, inexperience, unfamiliarity with the jockey, etc, as well as too much energy.  It should balance out as he gets more fit, though.  If your farm is in NY and he's in Australia, his "rest" is limited....all horses get mentally "taxed" by a day at the track.  (Life in a pasture chilling out is very different from life in a stall on the backside.)  So if he's been at the track for months on end, he may just hate life in general and want to spend a few weeks in the sun eating grass.

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Also, what are the options re: renaming farms? Somehow when I joined I completely forgot to add any sort of qualifier to my name, but I'd really like to be called "Mayfair Thoroughbreds" or "Mayfair Fields," or something like that.  :)  Is that possible?

Not really.  I've updated a few stables' names on request in the past, but it caused lots of confusion, took a lot of my time, and ultimately wasn't worth it.  I've only done it once recently, and that was for a typo in the stable name.