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        05-08-2010, 01:27 AM
    Green Broke
    Paint Question

    Let me tell you, as an Arab person, Jynxy has me worried

    I know she's young and I know she's not fit, but her utter lack of stamina alarms me. I know she's going to be very different from my Arab, but I AM used to riding horses like Dove (Mustang/Appaloosa) or Justus (Welsh/Mustang/Appaloosa) and while they can't hold a candle to my Arab for sheer stamina, they have ZERO problems keeping a good pace on a long trail.

    It only takes about 10 minutes of round penning/lunging or about 20 minutes of medium work riding (almost entirely trot, little canter, a lot of walk) to have her absolutely drenched in sweat and panting HARD. Even Eve, who's a Clydesdale/TB and the same age and fitness doesn't seem to struggle as bad - Shay-la works her probably harder, and she'll be drenched in sweat but not breathing hard.

    Is this normal for a young unfit Paint? I have ZERO experience with the breed, her background is mostly racebred QH. The idea of her completely a 5+ mile trail ride at anything but a walk seems laughable.

    Will her stamina improve with fitness? Or am I destined to walk everywhere to save her energy?
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        05-08-2010, 01:33 AM
    Ride her hard. She'll toughen up.
        05-08-2010, 03:32 AM
    How's her condition, ie too thin or overweight at all? If the weather's warm, could her coat be too thick for her work?
        05-08-2010, 04:15 AM
    Green Broke
    She's hovered around ideal weight since I picked her up a year ago. She was worked quite consistantly all fall, and as much of winter as I could, but without a barn or arena, she would get sweated so fast, we had to be careful what we did. It was a lot of brief 10-15 minute rides with mostly walking and some jogging in deep snow.

    I've also had her tie up on me once already which is just freaky - we barely did anything, it was as close to working her "hard" as I've come and it was still just 30 minutes of trotting and loping in a field with lots of walk breaks. She also doesn't get any grain, which is messed up.

    I've questioned previously if she doesn't maybe have PSSM - but then I'd expect the tying up to be a regular thing instead of just once. I've started her on an electrolyte supplement regardless just to make sure it doesn't happen again.
        05-08-2010, 09:02 AM
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    Ride her hard. She'll toughen up.
    I agree, these are working horses. Our mares are just pleasure horses, but I do a lot of hill work with them and they can easily do 20 miles of walking/trotting/loping with plenty of energy to spare.
        05-08-2010, 09:59 AM
    Even my so-so fit paint can be ridden for HOURS maybe even days before he gets tired, and gets that attitude like "mommy, can I go to my stall now?"

    I find that really weird. Maybe you should look into her getting evaluated by a vvet before during and after riding, and see if there is an under lieing problem.
        05-08-2010, 12:59 PM
    If I had a horse that tied up after only 30 minutes of any kind of work I would get rid of that horse so fast I'd have to wait 5 minutes for the tail to catch up. It's managable even if it's chronic but it's still a pain in the butt.
        05-08-2010, 05:34 PM
    Keep in mind that some horses are sweaters and some aren't. Take my Paint, Ricci, for example. She has to be worked pretty hard to get a good sweat going, and even longer to really be out of breath. This is a mare I can go on a two hour trail ride that includes lots of cantering/galloping and a HUGE hill without working her a week or two prior. She's fine. Then there's Anna. She was a solid Paint mare I used to work with and if she so much as moved a foot, she broke out in a sweat. 10 to 15 minutes into roundpen work [at the trot] she'll be COVERED in sweat. I mean every last inch, from the tip of her nose, to her fetlocks, to the top of her big ol' butt.

    You may always have to deal with her being a big sweaty mess, but you can certainly build up her stamina. Just push her a little harder every ride. =]
        05-08-2010, 08:55 PM
    I agree with Kevinshorses. She may just be out of shape. However, I also know that some horses are just awkward with stamina at a young age. Try long periods of extended trotting to work on cardiac and such. The loop and walk are an easy gait, but the trot gets the heart pumping.
        05-08-2010, 09:35 PM
    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj;627634[COLOR=Purple
    She also doesn't get any grain,
    Why not?

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