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post #1 of 239 Old 12-11-2011, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Riding a skinny rescue mare.

So I'm going to start riding a mare for my friend, because she is a little afraid of Jersey.

I have some questions. I know that just feeding a skinny horse won't do much, you also have to build muscle on them too. Anyways, I'm just curious as to how long do I ride her for ?

I'm going down Wednesday to lunge her and possibly ride her, no cantering. I didn't take any pictures today, but I will next time

Her owner is a little afriad because she shows aggression in the field, and I sorta nasty to people. I didn't see any today, but hey I'm going to be working with a horse for free so I'm not complaining :)

ANYWAYS....I'm just wondering how much should I work her for now so she isn't getting worked too much. Thanks :)
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Hard to say what she can handle without having a better idea of her health. Pics will help. Groundwork is always a good thing and I would start with that regardless.
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Yes of course. That's why I said (or meant to say) I wouldn't probably ride her :)

My plan is to do lots of trotting with her to build up her muscle, and if I do ride her if it's too much work then to go on just small trail rides with another girl who has a horse at my friend's house :)
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Depends on how bad that horse is....also, not to be mean....how much you weigh. I hear calf-Manna puts weight on quick and safe. :)

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If the horse is skinny then she has little muscle or fat to help support a saddle. Until she puts on some weight you are best to limit your activities to groundwork and fix her poor pasture manners. She will begin to muscle up moving around the pasture especially if she is in with another horse. It can take a month to see a noticable improvement. That is when you could consider riding but keeping it to a walk for about 30 min. Use this time to sharpen her training, bending, backing a step or two, side passing. It's time well spent. There is no need to lunge her at this time and I recommend you don't. It won't help her muscle up just yet.

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Mysissygirl; that's a good point but I don't have a say on what she gets fed, and the owner says she's been putting on weight rather quick, and I only weigh about 120 so I think I'm in the clear :)

Saddlebag; so depending on how bad she is, I shouldn't lunge her ? I would think just lunging her for a little bit wouldn't do any harm, even if it was just at a walk
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OP, without pics or an in depth description of this horse's current condition, it is hard to advise you on how much she can take.
A friend of mine just picked up a rescue mare whose back bone and hip bones are protuding, in other words starving. So they will give that horse about a year before anyone thinks of backing her.
If she is just a bit thin but still has a good topline and muscling, you can do more.
But we don't know the condition of this horse.
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Pics are required. Take a look at my page, at the before picture of Duffy. If you mare is THAT skinny, leave it to eat for a couple of weeks.

Depends on age and education too. Duffy had w/t under saddle, so I lunged for two weeks, its great excercise for the horse and good to establish authority on a horse that is bossy, especially as she'll feel better as she puts weight on. The I lunged, rode for cool down for a week, then lunged one day, rode the next for two weeks. Now I ride 6 days and lunge once.

If you can give us more details about the horse, then we could give you a good plan to help you on your way.

I fed oats and barley to Duffy three times a day, now twice a day, and it did exactly what I needed- weight without the buzz!
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Yes, give that horse time to get strong on her own. Work on ground manners & trust. She doesn't need to burn any calories right now.
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Natisha; cantering burns fat, trotting builds muscle :)

And okay so wednesday I'll just take pictures of Jersey and work with her other horse buddy. Little booger needs work with his cantering D:<
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