Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
I'm no western rider, but I'm very very keen on cross training any horse, not just sport horses, to use muscles to their best advantage and to keep their minds a bit saner!
My dressage horses all jumped once a fortnight (free jumping, or on the lunge, I don't jump). A friend would hack them out at a good pace. Up hill work is VERY good for building muscle and stamina.
What is her current weekly/daily workload? How often is she worked, and how much food does she get? I'm no nutrition expert, but the more energy she burns, she'll need to replace if you want her to gain and not lose.