I have a 13.3 13 year old haflinger mare, who is a very easy keeper. I mean, I have to work her 3-4 days a week for her to keep the weight off. However, I needed to leave the state for a few months this summer and had her boarded at a facility where I specifically instructed that she be boarded in a dry lot, and exercised weekly.
Come back, to find her un-exercised, and in the pasture of horses that get grained. [insert hordes of curses] I am peeved. Apparently the NEW barn manager looked at the check and assumed it was for the pasture/grain group and not the extra money for the exercising. She gained about 100 extra pounds at least (we had to go up a size in her girth) and I am honestly concerned that she will founder at any moment.
She is at a new barn, where she is on a slow feed hay.
In a month, she will be at home where I can manage her diet better
(She is staying free at a friends barn as we finish fences)
I know it will be tempting, but please don't badger me on her feeding habits - having access to a round bale with a slow feed is not the BEST for her, but I cannot overstep my grounds by asking for special treatment. I just have to be able to burn off what she eats - in a safe and effective manor.
Eyeballing the DIY weight measurements - she is at about 1200lbs.
We have ample room to lunge (the grassy parking area)
And lots of empty country roads to ride on.
She has lots of get up and go - and these last two rides, all she wants to do is trot.
However, I don't want to over-do it and need some advice on
1. A timeline and sorts of exercises I should do with her.
2. How many days should I start off with?
On Sunday - we rode out with friends for just over an hour, walking.
On Monday - we lunged for about 5 minutes until I worried that small circles were bad for her joints, then saddled up and walked/trotted a bit down the road for 20 mins or so... it was the first ride out on a horse that thinks toilet lawn ornaments are scary.