| PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT & ANALYSIS
When you combine a great work ethic with a smart training regimen, the results can be pretty amazing. Over the past 10 years we've worked with and observed many of the industry's top professionals. We combined this knowledge with our own practical experience to create objective, measurable standards (KPIs) for training progression. In 2019 we expanded this strategy into a performance management system we now call Lundahl Horsepower.
This proprietary system informs how we schedule and structure daily training for horses in our care. We want maximum return on investment from the time and resources spent on each horse. That means achieving results quickly, while avoiding the injury risks and mental burnout of over-training. Although we tailor the program depending on the specific needs of each horse, the core principles of Lundahl Horsepower remain intact:
| Intentionality & Purpose — Exercises must correspond to specific, useful, measurable and actionable goals for the horse and rider.
| Groundwork Relevance — Groundwork must be relevant for the purposes of handler safety, or preparing the horse for success under saddle. Emphasize groundwork heavily in the foundation stage. But once taught, phase it out as the horse matures.
| Impulsion-Softening System — Balance impulsion concepts with lateral softening and transitions during the foundation stage. Eventually phase out softening exercises in favor of maneuver-based training that emphasizes impulsion and straightness.
| Split Program — Train in sets of 3 to 5 consecutive days that focus on a single concept group, before giving that group a break and moving on to a new set. This promotes consistency and builds positive mental habits, while allowing healthy intervals to avoid burnout.
| Heavy-Light Load System — To prevent overtraining and mental burnout, vary the intensity and volume of weekly training loads. Balance exposure to intense workload and pressure with necessary rest and recovery; building the horse's confidence and preventing injury.
| Correct Energy System — Ensure that overall training time and intensity correspond to real life demands, mentally preparing the horse for the intended discipline. Provide adequate nutrition while adjusting the horse's calorie intake to compliment energy needs and overall disposition.