04-23-2013, 04:32 PM
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Running a horse doesn't really do a lot and isn't the correct way to get them in shape for barrels.
Mine get long trotted 6-7 miles every day, then I lope them about 3 miles. Some days when I am not doing drills that is all I do, when I am working drills I take a couple laps off (I have a mile long sandy track in our pasture I ride) so I don't over work them including the drills. My horses get rode for 45min-1hr 6-7 days a week. And if you have access to hills, riding up them is great for a lot of muscles because they are pushing with the hind end and grabbing/pulling with the front end.
Do you have any recent pictures of your horse so we can see how he is built and his current condition.
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