Holistic Training

Holistic Training with Glenara Park

The holistic training approach of Glenara Park stems from hands-on experience with horses and a philosophy that the individual components of a horse (physical, biological, chemical, social and psychological) should be viewed as a 'whole' and trained accordingly.

Physical: Structural soundness is the starting point; the key to the way a horse moves, breathes and carries itself. When taking the first steps down the path to becoming an elite equine athlete, horses may suffer trauma to their bodies which can go unnoticed by the untrained eye.

When watching a horse walk out, equine professionals like Bert and Melissa Froesch, can recognise the danger signs of potential structural (skeletal and muscular) injuries. The attention to detail and combined expertise of Team Froesch who are skilled in administering veterinary medicines, ensures that horses being cared for by Glenara Park, compete at their highest level of fitness.

Biological: A well-balanced diet is crucial to the health and fitness of a horse. Glenara Park source thier feed from the best feed suppliers in the region and feed up to three times a day to promote a healthy metabolism. The temperature of each horse is taken regularly to ensure there has been no exposure to infection.

Chemical: Blood samples are taken at intervals in the training program and sent for analysis to ensure that the horse is getting all the right trace elements and minerals. Melissa and Bert want thier horses fit enough to perform at the highest level in competition and out in the hunt field and feeding of supplements to horses ensures they can minimise lactic acid build-up and enjoy the right quantity of amino acids to boost muscle integrity.

Social: Set on close to 28 hectares, the purpose-built facilities of Glenara Park at Broadford allow each horse room to move and to socialise without risk of injury from other horses. The paddock design offers high visibility from the office and horses are in paddocks close to their own gender – ensuring that mares are not exposed to the challenges presented by colts and geldings.

Psychological: In particular, Melissa Froesch is aware that the space between a horse's ears must be in the ‘right place’ for a horse to be competitive over the jumps, particularly at the elite level. The mental state of each horse is important at Glenara Park.

Variety in work is a key to Melissa's success with her horses. Many trainers follow the same work routine for a horse - day in, day out. Monotony can cause a horse to sour and turn off jumping altogether. Melissa chooses to employ a variety of work, based on the individual needs of the horse, every day.