new fat horse
I wasnt sure where to put this, but this looks like it might work. After a ten year hiatus (no moneys :( ) I started riding again over the summer and last week bought a family friendly 13/14 hand paint/POA. She hasn't been ridden in a year or more, so she's fat an out of shape. My hopes for her are to get myself back in the saddle and ready for a more difficult horse to then pass her on to my husband, son, and miscellaneous children in my life who love horses. That said, I'm an eventer at heart, so I need this girl in shape to take on some jumps. She's very mellow, very soft trot, hasn't been ridden in a year and I can ride her bareback in a field without issues. So to the point, I need tips on conditioning and getting her fit again. Right now I'm just doing fifteen minute walks (when it's not blizzarding!) with short trots. Lots of circles, walk/halt, surpentines, just trying to get her back in the habit of being worked. I've just never had this issue and don't want to over/under work her. any help or websites much appreciated!