Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
First and foremost, forrage is the most important feed to be giving your horse. The more forrage they get, they better it is for their system and tummy. When she is in at night, I would ensure that she has plenty of hay infront of her so that her stomache will not be empty.
If she is a bit skinny, I would me making sure she has access to forrage 24/7.
What kind of feed is she getting? If she is skinny, this is something to seriously consider! Because when you start conditioning, she will get worse weight wise.
My guy is out in a large paddock with grass, and a round bale infront of him. He is out all day and all night and only comes in to eat his breakfast and dinner.
He is getting 3lbs of purina ultium and 2lbs of purina senior, twice a day + Suppliments.
Conditioning - with where your mare currently stands, I would do alot of walk work. Lots of long and low and engaging her forward to move under herself. I would do alot of walk for the first week.
I would get out and hack, hack, hack and then hack some more after you've hacked. But WALK.
Then incorporate trot in the 2nd week. Long and low work, walk, trot transitions and hacking.
Do this for 6 days a week, for 2 weeks - you can start incorporating canter work. Not before.
I would firstly be looking at proper feeding regime before conditioning.