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    07-27-2010, 12:50 PM
Exercises to help horse lose weight?

Alright, I've been given the project of trimming down and muscling up a half-Arab gelding that was previously used for Training Level Dressage.

Story is, the owner of this gelding has been having serious hip pain (at the age of only her 40's) and hasn't been able to ride him because of it. And now that she's found out she has to get a hip replacement, she isn't allowed to ride for quite some time.

Now some background on the horse. As said, he is half-Arab and he has definite miles while you are riding him. Though he is overweight, he has the energy once you get him going. But we've just figured out after months of time off and many vets, that he knows how to "fake being lame". Once you ride him for a few minutes, he is perfectly sound. We got the vet out to look at it just in case, and he agreed that this chunky Arab knows how fake being lame. So he got out of quite the work for the past few months!

Now that we know he is absolutely sound, it's time to get him back in shape.
He was a former dressage horse and I'd love some exercises to get him into shape! I'm a hunter/jumper rider and I think this will be a good experience for me to retrain a horse in dressage (I've done loads of dressage work with my horses).

Thanks for all the help~
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    07-27-2010, 06:34 PM
The "faking lameness" diagnosis worries me.

Some horses are certainly more sensitive and "big babies" and can even exaggerate things because they learn that they get attention (or whatever) if they are hurt but.... faking it completely? Horses are prey animals and displaying a weakness or lameness that doesn't exist could get them killed.

Some injuries/issues can be "worked out of" like arthritis and probably several other things. Once the horse gets warmed up he feels better they look more sound but the issue still remains when they slow down or are first getting started.

No reason that you shouldn't get him back in shape or ride him but don't write off the initial lameness when you first get started... I'd keep that on my radar!

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