My horse, Sonny, though full of energy and loves to be ridden, is overweight. He's been like that before I bought him a month ago. Before I bought him, he was hardly ridden...he usually would just sit in the pasture and enjoy the "all you can eat buffet" hay.
I know it's not healthy for him to be overweight so I want to get him into shape.
I've talked to my trainer about it, and she said just constantly riding him, ride him until he is sweating a bit, then to do it each day I come up. Which is all fine, I can get him sweating pretty quickly due ot his endurance is horrible cause he's overweight.
I was thinking of maybe cutting back his food....he get's one bale of hay a day (the square bales)....half in the morning and half at night. But my horse, Sonny, is a weaver, and unless he has something to do he weaves :roll: .
He does get some grain, but only one handful and he only gets it maybe twice a week.
I go up to ride him usually Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday....the other days I work and don't have time. Weather permitting also...didn't go today because we are having a snow storm. Usually on Thursdays I'll go up from 12 noon to 4:30. 2 hours of that is helping the BO with riding lessons (she gives riding lessons to a particually disabled lady, so I help make sure the horse she rides doesn't act up), and the other hours I will ride (well take off an hour for lungeing, grooming, tacking up, drying off, untacking, putting blankets back on, and so on.
When I excersize him, I usually just have him to a collected trot and walk. I've been told that a trot, expecially a collected one burns off more calories than a canter would. Also I make him collect himself to build up muscles on his hind quarters and back legs (he needs more there).
Any ideas? Suggestions?