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EGB Magazine 4 The fitness plateau

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In the previous article, I told you about using your heartrate monitor when training. I hope you have found that helpful, and have started to use your heart monitor more. Not only to see when the HR drops low enough to vet, but also during training or other work to see how your horse responds to the intensity of the work you are asking it to do. In...

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Are you a passenger, or a rider? Or perhaps a trainer?

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I'll let you think on that question for a moment, and while you are thinking about the type of equestrian you are, also think on whether you are happy being that type or if you perhaps want to be different? Many of you will be the "Passenger type" maybe even without realising you are...Or perhaps you know you are the passenger type a...

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NEW: make your training schedule

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Making your training schedule can be hard: how much should you train, what rides to do, what about tapering, rest and other things you need to consider to compete your horse happy and healthy? Groen Equestrian can help. We have a lovely package to help you:3 recorded webinars and 2 30 minute face2face zoom sessions to give you the th...

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EGB magazine 3 Using your HR monitor when training

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In the previous blog, I told you about logging the distance, duration, average speed, and elevation of your training sessions. Adding indexes for climb and canter gives a selection of great parameters to compare training and see how you progress. But these numbers do not tell you anything about how your horse actually experiences the effort du...

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A look back on the Europeans 2019

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This is an old piece (4 years ago to be precise) I wrote after being part of the Dutch team for the 2019 European Championships. It still resonates very much with me, especially now I have taken a little break from endurance until the youngsters are old enough to start. Watt and me will be doing other fun stuff in the mean time. Have a read, s...

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EGB magazine 2 How to gauge the efforts of our horse in work

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In the previous article, I told you about the fuel efficiency of our horses, using a hybrid car analogy. Unfortunately, I won't be as anecdotal in this article but I'll try to illustrate where I can. So last time we learned that higher intensity work will use more of our horse's petrol: glycogen. And that glycogen is a depletable fuel source that c...

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EGB Magazine 1 Fuel efficiency

This is the first in a series of articles I wrote for the EGB endurance magazine in 2023. I have added it as a blog as well for you to enjoy and use  I (well, really hubby and me 😉 ) bought a new car. Our older (very fuel-efficient) diesel needed replacing and we got a hybrid. Not one of those plug-in ones, but one that will load up its own ba...

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Happy New Year!

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I hope you and your horse(s) have had a good 2022 and I wish you a super 2023! Have you made any New Years resolutions? I try not to anymore because I usually end up being disappointed in myself, but I do try to focus on "things I would like to do" or "things I would like to improve" The problem with resolutions (and subsequently getting disappoint...

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2022: The story of Asphodele Larzac

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What a year. What a horse!A total of 8 rides ( 9 ride days) and 460 km (the most she's ever done), nearly 9000m (!!) elevation including the Golden Horseshoe 80 km and Red Dragon 80 km! In 2022 I have solely focused on competing Asphodele Larzac, my small (but huge ) amber champagne part bred Arab mare. So why is she both small ...

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Groen Equestrian Christmas/New Year present!

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I hope you have all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to the new year!I know we all feel the financial squeeze, but we want to keep having fun with our horses as much as we can.I am a huge believer in investing in yourself to make for more "efficient" training and competing. With the cost of fuel and other expenses, every ride ...

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ITEH5 - Lungs and oxygen

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They say oxygen is the source of life ,and of course that is correct, (nearly) all metabolism needs oxygen to perform.  So we could say:  More oxygen = better performance We could have a huge heart, the best muscles for the job and an unlimited supply of fuel. But without the oxygen, and with that the lung capacity to get oxygen to t...

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2023 Webinars to get you ready for the new season!

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It is becoming a nice tradition  to do webinars at the beginning of the new year to prepare you for the upcoming endurance season, and 2023 is no different. I have planned 3 webinars and 1 online workshop for you, as always you can do each webinar individually but you will get a discount when you do all 3. I will include&nb...

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Not 1 but 2 online endurance coaching courses!

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This a perfect time to sign up for one of the 2 endurance coaching courses Groen Equestrian has to offer to get ready for you new upcoming endurance season. Yes 2 courses!Besides the year long course Endurance: Step by Step" we now also offer the 4 month (extension possible) course "Endurance: train smarter not harder"Have a look at this video in w...

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Free endurance library series!

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STARTING WITH ENDURANCE When you become a (free) member of the groen Equestrian Endurance community (just sign up via this tab: Become a free member or log in if you have subscribed before) you can view a lot of free content:Information about Esther Groen and all her horsesIntro's for all the series in the libraryInformation about the "Enduran...

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Don't dive before you can swim...

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I was reminded of this phrase in a chat with an endurance friend recently, don't dive before you can swim, or perhaps in horse riding terms: Don't gallop before you can walk.  Some might want that 100 miler, some might want "that special ride" and some want to win the biggest races.  Big goals are amazing, but often there i...

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Back to school time!

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Now the schools have started again, the structure of "normal" life has started once more. And what better time for us to do some "studying"  as well? In my coaching I often get asked about heartrate monitors, which one to use and how to use them. They can be a super tool to aid your training so that's why I will start with 2 webinars...

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Exercise physiology Part 2: How do muscles utilise energy

As an equestrian sports coach (focusing on endurance) it is always interesting to visit rides without taking part as a competitor. My previous blog (Exercise physiology 1: the importance of warming up for our energy stores) was about my experiences at a ride I was helping out at. I talked about the importance of a proper warming up by comparing our...

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RUNNING UP THAT HILL: Exercise physiology Pt1: the importance of warming up for our energy stores

 As an equestrian sports coach (focusing on endurance) it is always interesting to visit rides without taking part as a competitor. Crewing or volunteering can give fascinating insights into what some endurance riders get up to. It helps me finding issues people might need help with, and I can give something back to the ride organisers that ar...

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Preparing your upcoming season

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It is January in the UK, and many (as am I) are looking forward to the rides and competitions ahead. We all have an idea in our head what we want out of our season, but have we actually prepared for it?  And if we have, have we really and honestly looked if our goal is feasible and what we should do (or sometimes even harder, what we have...

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New year's resolution and happy 2022!

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Will you make a New Year's resolution for 2022? Ah go on! Challenge yourself to really work on yourself, your horse and by doing that on the image of your sport!What will it be for you? Let me know and I will help you! With information on the FREE GE Community (if you are not a member yet you can do so here), with a Facebook support group...

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