Hello group! I'm just getting back to riding my horses (one horse had a lot of weight loss and is still putting it back on so no riding for him yet; the other was being brought back from neglect from the previous owner - lack of weight/muscle and horrible hoof care) and am wondering - where do you start?
(as a sidenote - i've taken the recommeded reconditioning schedule as provided by anebel in this thread: Re-Conditioning Schedule)
In particular i'm wondering about my mare who is 17 but I would consider only green broke. How do I get her to start working over her back and reaching for a connection with the bit? At this point we are only doing 30 minutes of walk a day as she hasn't been under saddle in months and hasn't been consistently ridden (to my knowledge) in almost a year. I want to make sure I work her back to front but she's very sensitive about contact with her mouth (i'm thinking the previous people had her in a curb of some fashion as she had quite a ewe neck going on and is VERY sensitive on her bars and lips) and I don't want to inadvertently work her front to back. Asking for for activity at the walk gets a faster pace but not necessarily more reach/stretch. What can I do to help her along?
I don't know if any of that makes sense! :/ thanks in advance for your thoughts. :)