Process 3, support of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles, takes much longer
As can be expected, improvement in the strongness and/or size of the bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles takes up four to six months.
It could be that your horse’s condition has improved and that because of this your horse can handle heavier training, but the supportive parts can’t handle the training yet with as a consequence a higher chance of injuries.
And this is the point where it often goes wrong.
It seems like your horse can handle it well, but the supportive parts aren’t strong enough.
Unfortunately, this is hard for us to monitor, but with the realization that it can take four to six months and with feeling the legs daily, overtraining can be prevented.
Besides, it’s good to realize that how older the horse, the longer it takes for the supportive parts to come at strength.
Trying out, evaluate and adjust
The results from the research can provide us guidelines for the training schedule that we make for our horse. Yet we always must keep in mind that every horse is different and you need to make a different training schedule for every individual horse.
And as a personal trainer of your horse, you can try this out, evaluate, adjust and try out again until you know what works for your horse.