Sometimes Practice, Practice, Practice Is Too Much

Dani Sussman - Photo by Gina Pearson Photography

Guest article from Dani Sussman.

Oftentimes, we as professionals with extreme type A personalities, get caught up in perfecting every component in our horses’ training. We want our horses to look, feel, and perform their best every day. Now with any professional sport, this is of course unrealistic. There will always be little aches and pains, bruising and swelling, of which, most of the time don’t affect our horses’ performance, but are still present.

There are many medications and herbal remedies to address this mild soreness, and to enable our equine athletes to keep training and competing. However, over the years, I have found something more important to help the recovery of our amazing partners. Now, on paper this will sound like a no-brainer, but in reality for us type A people, is one of the hardest training techniques to incorporate into a program.

REST. Sounds simple, right? It should be, but we are always wanting and striving to be better and to make our horses perform better. Over-training can create many veterinary issues that could have been avoided simply by giving your horse a day off. Think about a bodybuilder; they train to extremes, paying attention to their diet and every muscle group. They incorporate rest and recovery as part of their training because if they didn’t, they wouldn’t get stronger, their muscles would be in a constant state of stress and breakdown. It is on those recovery days that their muscles rebuild, their sore joints become less painful, and progress happens. It is the same thing with our horses. They need time to recover, to rebuild, and to gain muscle.

Most people in a regimented training program, give their horses one day off a week. This is the norm, and I would say most of the time is enough. However, sometimes when training and preparing for a big event, your horse may need another day of recovery. Don’t be afraid to give it to him. That hour of training may or may not be the difference between the blue ribbon and the red one, but it won’t matter if your horse is sore and doesn’t feel his best. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to do nothing.

“For overall health and results you can count on.”

Photo by Gina Pearson Photography

We are very proud to have Dani Sussman as a long-time customer and VIP Sponsored Trainer on our Team!

“Since starting Grand Meadows Grand Premium Plus, my horses look and feel amazing. They have less joint pain so I can train and keep them competing regularly, and their coats look so glossy that people are constantly asking what products I use. My farrier is always happy with their feet and the consistent quality of new hoof growth. For overall health and results that you can count on, Grand Meadows has you covered.”

-Dani Sussman

Dani Sussman has more than fifteen years of experience in Eventing, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumpers. Her main focus is on training competitive equestrians and young horses to be top-tier Eventing competitors. Dani’s professional equestrian career began in Northern California, where she first started working as a trainer and coach and where she became a respected rider and instructor.

As a Pony Club “A” graduate and because of her love for Pony Club, she was very active with many clubs in her area and did ratings through the C2 level. Dani then moved to Washington State, where she trained with two-time Olympian, Amy Tryon. For four years, Dani traveled with Amy across the U.S. and England, riding and grooming for the top event rider.

In 2013, Dani relocated to Larkspur, Colorado, and purchased the stunning 37-acre property where she now runs her own riding and training business, Aspire Eventing.