Max Corcoran is a self-professed “geek” when it comes to the science behind conditioning and recovery of athletes. In this seminar, Corcoran spoke about the parallels between the science of human conditioning and recovery and equine conditioning, training, and recovery. As an Olympic groom, her years of the firsthand experience provide her with an interesting viewpoint and a wealth of knowledge.
Quick Quotes from Max Corcoran on Conditioning and Recovery
“Recovery starts before the competition. If the horse is feeling good, loose, happy, and hydrated, they’re going to come off course feeling better – if you go in with an advantage, you come out with an advantage.”
“Human physical therapy is just as important as horse physical therapy.”
“Basic stretching is important for both horse and rider. Do some carrot stick stretching with your horse.”
"A great way to build strength in an OTTB is to walk them up hills. It helps elongate those muscles that they’ve only been running on flat ground with.”
“Trot sets are the most amazing base fitness you can do. Do your flat work during your trot sets (leg yields, etc). It’s so good for the horse’s brain to get them out of the ring.”
“A Training level packer is irreplaceable – we need to learn to take care of them so they last, and are healthy and happy. We need to take care of them because they take care of us.”
“Each horse needs its own plan. Find out what your horse is eating and why. Research the best nutrition and feed for your horse based on their training and activity program.”
“Your team is important. Ask advice from your team and experts: vets, farriers, nutritionists, physical therapists.”
“Tom Brady is 41 years old but every year he wants to be better, so he trains and conditions differently and smarter in able to be better. It’s a whole mindset.”
“Get ice on your horse as soon as you can. Think about if you ice your horse 30 minutes after your course, then the leg has 30 minutes to build up swelling. There are ways to get ice on your horse while he’s mobile. Take off his boots, and get ice on while you walk and cool him down.”
About the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention
The USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place each December and brings together a large group of dedicated USEA members and supporters to discuss, learn, and enjoy being surrounded by other eventing enthusiasts. The USEA organizes multiple seminars in addition to committee meetings, open forums, and tons of fun! The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, December 11-15, 2019. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.
A horse’s first steps out in the cross-country field determine the foundation upon which his entire cross-country education will be laid. How can you give your horse the best chance of success? What are some of the ways you can help teach your horse about cross-country jumping?
The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
In episode #251 Nicole catches up with Buck Davidson after his great second-place finish in the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase and then brings you all of the latest USEA news with the rest of the team. From tornadoes, prize money, and volunteers, it's all covered!