Stages of LTED
Long-Term Equestrian Development (LTED) is a systemic approach being adopted by Equine Canada to maximize the potential of participants and athletes in our sport. The LTED framework defines optimal training, competition, and recovery programs based on biological age rather than chronological age.

LTED sets out recommended training sequences and skills development for everyone – from under 6 to over 60. It addresses the physical, mental, emotional, technical, and tactical needs of athletes as they pass through each stage of development.
The Stages of LTED
  • Enable children to explore the fun experience of horses while learning within a peer group.
  • Introduce responsibility and rules and etiquette for handling horses.
  • Create a stimulating, multifaceted learning environment.
Learning and Training
  • Support a multi-sport and diverse life experience while continuing to inspire increased commitment to equestrian activities with some specialization being introduced.
  • Introduce independent decision making and fundamental mental training such as visualization and relaxation.
  • The goal of each lesson should be simple, communicating only what the participant needs to know to accomplish the task and avoiding complex directives.
Learning and Training to Compete
  • Consolidate and refine basic equestrian skills while acquiring and stabilizing variants of basic skills and new skills. Consistent performance is the goal.
  • Ensure that coaches understand the maturation and development process and monitor growth spurts in order to cash in on Windows of Trainability for endurance and strength.
  • Build the foundations of personal excellence in competition by introducing ideal performance states, developing independent problem solving (decision making/situation), and customized mental training programs.
Learning and Training to Win
  • Develop the optimal performance state including mental preparation.
  • Be aware of the factors that influence tactical thinking when the equestrian is confronted by a decision-making situation: speed of the action taking place, memory (remembering practical problems solved), and the emotional state of the equestrian.
  • Ensure that the choice of competition favours equestrian and horse development.
Living to Win
  • Refine and maintain all skills and tactical strategies; ensure that they are tailored to the strengths of the equestrian and the horse.
  • Gear the training structure of high performance equestrians to integrate the performance factors to meet specific upcoming competition requirements.
  • In training, spend more time on random conditions (mirror competition requirements) than on controlled conditions (repetitive learning).
Active for Life
  • Support an ongoing multi-sport and diverse life experience, encouraging commitment to participation in equestrian activities as an active athlete or contributing in an alternative way such as a career in sport or volunteering.
  • Keep goals simple and singular during training sessions, communicating only what the participant needs to know to accomplish a specific task and avoiding complex directives.
  • Value participation in leisure activities equally with competition-oriented participants.