Recipe To SUCCESS

WHAT IS MOUNTAIN VIEW STABLES RECIPE TO SUCCESS – as answered by Irene van der Westhuizen:

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 Over the past few years, the question most frequently posed to us was: what is our recipe to success?

We asked Irene to enlighten us on what she thinks adds value to their training program and factors she believes make a difference towards the horse’s well being and optimum athletic ability. Her answer:

“Over the last 39 years, much trial and error and heavy school fees, I believe that when a horse is happy, fed correctly and it feels safe, it will give you its soul.

I think where I notice the biggest difference between our horses and other horses, is when we take in outside horses for training, most have similar problematic areas, poor hind quarter development, skittish behaviour in the stable and elevated anxiety levels, to name just a few.

Our training methods are based solely on techniques that enhance the horse’s well being while capturing its spirit in a way that it is confident enough to give us its best athletic performance. We apply principles learned from many experts in the equine field, yet we primarily utilize the Equus form of communication as our basic key element. A balanced equine lifestyle is what we strive for.  

As a basis, we start by fulfilling each horse’s nutritional and physiological needs. We determine a healthy diet for each individual, attend to its chiropractic needs, dental needs, enter in regular parasite control measures and ensure regular professional hoof care.

Our daily training program is simple. Each horse will start the day with a full body grooming session and carrot stretches. This stimulates blood flow and delivers a light body massage and stretching before the physical workouts. This is followed by a 20 minute session in the trotting poles. We believe that the poles primarily encourage the correct use and engagement of the hind quarter, ensuring in essence, that the horses ‘engine’ is toned equally and correctly. The poles encourage core engagement while stimulating the horses, hoof-eye co-ordination. They further stimulate the rehabilitation of neurological diseases, assist in stretching muscles that are generally shortened and encourage muscle control and development. We have found it to be a brilliant place to settle the horse’s body and mind before moving onto the next phase of daily training.Our daily training program is simple. Each horse will start the day with a full body grooming session and carrot stretches. This stimulates blood flow and delivers a light body massage and stretching before the physical workouts. This is followed by a 20 minute session in the trotting poles. We believe that the poles primarily encourage the correct use and engagement of the hind quarter, ensuring in essence, that the horses ‘engine’ is toned equally and correctly. The poles encourage core engagement while stimulating the horses, hoof-eye co-ordination. They further stimulate the rehabilitation of neurological diseases, assist in stretching muscles that are generally shortened and encourage muscle control and development. We have found it to be a brilliant place to settle the horse’s body and mind before moving onto the next phase of daily training.

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On completion of the pole work, the horse is ready and warm for the next step in its program, whether it be riding, jogging or lining. We do not associate a time with this section of the training and apply whichever amount of time the horse needs during the specified work out. Once the horse has completed its daily athletic program, it is then released into a sun paddock for the whole day. We firmly believe that this is where our horses gain the most. Here they are allowed to express themselves freely without any human intervention.

We are convinced that paddock time is as equally important as the physical training of the horse. In short, in a horse’s natural environment they walk and graze from sunrise to sunset covering huge distances in a day. We believe that paddock time allows them to walk off any form of lactic acid build up, it increase blood flow to the extremities by means of increased cardiovascular rates, enhances respiratory stimulation, it keeps the bowels moving, it allows for social herd behaviour, maintains muscle tone as well as exposes the horse to the only absorbable source of vitamin D, sunlight. The paddock is also a place where the horse can release energy and emotion. Our horses are turned out 7 days a week, explaining why we never experience highly strung horses on Monday’s or arthritic type ailments in older horses.”