The Fit Farrier: Stay Fit This Winter

Unless you are fortunate enough to live in a year-round horse-riding climate, you probably get less shoeing work during the winter. But by starting a fitness program, you can be ready for the rush of work come spring. Here are activities you can incorporate in one.

Cardiovascular Activities

These include anything that gets your heart rate up and your lungs working harder, such as walking or jogging, skiing, climbing stairs, bicycle riding, etc.

Weight Training

These activities work a specific muscle or area against resistance. Free weights or weight machines are obvious, but don’t forget gravity exercises like sit-ups and wall sits.

Stretching Exercises

Flexibility is the key to a healthy body. Work on high-tension areas such as the hamstrings, quadriceps and back muscles. You may want to experiment in partner stretching or yoga.

Forging Exercises

Practice your forging and shoeing skills. Practice pulling clips or turning shoes. The more efficient you become, the easier work will be. Get your tools in good working order and practice proper body mechanics.

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