After 6 month period of cold, grey and rainy, snowy, windy weather in the Netherlands, it’s always a great pleasure to feel the temperature rising and to see how nature awakes and how it makes a new start, whether it's in the capital city of Amsterdam or in the countryside!
Also the pastures of my horses are exploding at the moment with lots of delicious grass, cleavers, and dandelions 🌱 ☘️ 🌼. Of course we carefully have to manage that they don’t get an excessive intake of it, because horses love 💚 this 'salad bowl’!
Although young, fresh grass appears to be a nice addition to the regular food, it also brings risks with it.
When it comes to training horses – and also when it comes to fitness training for humans – there are two types of exercises:
1. Compound exercises 2. Isolation exercises
Already in the 18th and 19th century riding grandmasters favoured one over the other. For example, François Robichon de La Guérinière (1688–1751) and Gustav Steinbrecht (1808–1885) favoured the traditional and academical compound exercises and François Baucher (1796–1873) favoured and invented a lot of revolutionary and fancy looking isolation exercises (where his first method was rather harsch, but his milder second method is still used nowadays).
First, let’s have a look at the definition of compound and isolated exercises and then let’s address the benefits and drawbacks of each type of exercises, so we can make a conclusion at the end.