When I bought Sam, the seller was willing to keep him on property because he called him an easy keeper who got along with others.
Easy keeper my butt! He is a super dooper look at grass put on weight keeper.
After viewing some of the horse photos on here, and the fact that my boy has outgrown has saddle, I am becoming very concerned for my horse's weight. Not to mention that two VERY VERY LARGE men, who ride MULES to support their weight mentioned at the campground two weeks ago that my horse apparently doesn't miss any meals.
I can't restrict his eating. I can't move him to a sand lot and I can't put a grazing muzzle on him. I wouldn't do that if I could, he needs to defend himself. He gets picked on by the lead gelding at times and I don't want him wearing a muzzle when that happens.
Okay. Sorry, long ramble post.
He needs to be conditioned and I read on this forum that canter / lope is good for aerobics and trot for dropping fat/building muscle. I can't trot him under saddle at anything faster than a western jog in the round pen. Nerves. I hate the feeling that we are always in a bend. (I am getting woozy just thinking about it. LOL)
And, when I do trot in the pen, I can only go a few laps or I get dizzy.
Will lunging him in the round pen to work him make a difference? I am thinking that if I keep him at a sustained trot for 10-15 minutes a session that should be enough. I want to start this week out every other day (M-W-F).
I stopped lunging him this Spring after he completed 30 days advanced training and was put out to pasture. My trainer told me that lunging is for young horses that are inexperienced and/or hot horses that are stalled on high energy feed.
Since Sam had matured mentally a bunch and was no longer a hot horse derived from feed, it made sense and still does. He doesn't need to be lunged for me to put a saddle on him and expect him to give and listen. I don't want to bore him and create bad manners because of this boring work (or am I thinking too hard?)
Any other suggestions? I don't have any options at the barn other than the indoor and outdoor pens, which as I've stated, I can't sustain the trot myself.
Plus, at the moment, I don't have a saddle that will fit mutton withers.