03-26-2012, 06:14 PM
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Thank you both very much. Yes, she definitely needs muscle. After she was retired from polo, she was purchased by someone that pretty much starved her for 4 months. I bought her from the people who rescued her. The first picture I posted was after she already had gained about 50 pounds.
The only place she has any muscle tone is in her rear...she was able to keep some there. There. Her hips have none at all. Her shoulders and top line need built up
I am taking it very slow with her. I take lessons on her every Tuesday and then ride for about an hour two other days during the week. When we first start out, she is very stiff but she loosens up quickly. I am waiting until she gets some more weight on her before I do too much with her. Mostly we just go for calm, walking rides. I know I need to get her trotting to build up some of those muscles. Unfortunately, rght after I got her, she had an abcess and was off for a little while so that kept us still for a while. I have had her since Feb. 4th and we have worked through her testing me and her teeth are getting done on Friday.
So...I am now ready to really get started on getting her back in shape.
And yes, I plan on keeping her on her current feeding regime for a while yet.