How much lunging is too much?
Most of you are familiar with Dancer's recent history. She lost a LOT of weight while we were on vacation when the person engaged to feed our horses did not do so. On top of that, a couple of weeks after we came back from vacation, she foaled (06/28/10).
Getting the weight back on her has been a challange. Her filly, Rain, is such a PIG, and is growing like a weed - even the farrier was amazed the other day at how fast she's growing - and what a chunk! No wonder Dancer isn't gaining weight very quickly.
At any rate - she looks nearly normal now except for her topline. Her backbone is barely visible as are her ribs, but she really needs some exercise. She's big barreled and even at her fattest you could see her ribs now and again.
Daughter has been lunging her for about 10-15 minutes every day for the last 4 - 5 days. Dancer really seems to enjoy it - her head is up, one ear cocked toward the daughter, etc. We were pretty surprised that we could lunge her without a round pen - but she seemed to know exactly what to do. She was a bit rusty when it came to changing direction, but after a couple of days, she has it down pat.
Dancer insists that her lunging be done at the trot. The moment the lunge line is attached to her halter, she starts off at the trot. She won't walk, and she won't canter. I guess the trot will have to do for now. In two or three months, when Rain is old enough to wean, Dancer will go to the trainer for a tune up for 30 - 45 days. Hopefully, Rain will have lost interest in nursing after that. Although she's not nursing very much now as it is. (Dancer doesn't stop her, Rain would just rather eat Dancer's dinner!)
Should we stop the lunging or cut back? I don't want to do any damage to my girl. We have discovered that she extends too much while trotting - I'm going to have to get some sort of boots to keep her from kicking herself - any recommendations?
Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!