My gelding, which I am also having some trouble with but will get to that after my mare questions, and a 25 year old Arabian (possibly Arabian mix) mare.
When I got my mare she was under weight by 200 pounds, no muscle mass at all, and had arthritis. After I got her I bought her a cosuquin joint health which was given as directed, now her hip no longer pops, she moves better (used to trip and act Extremely sore in her hip). While doing so I gradually switched her feed to a nicer one and made sure she was fed twice a day and had plenty of hay.
She gained weight as she should when properly fed, after a few good hoof trimmings as well as the joint health supplement she is now able to canter with no problems. Now I am having a problem with her gaining muscle, as directed by my vet last two weeks I have been gradually changing her feed to something specially made for underworked horses (least that's what she said it was for) Its a purienia senior feed, 14% with hay, flax and oats. I was always taught to avoid oats as they make horses hot, but she said that its good for building muscle and energy. But work would be needed to get her back in decent riding condition.
So, I know how to build a younger horses muscles as I did it with my TB mare, never had to use side reins as she has a tenancy to hold her head in a low sometimes very low position in her trotting and canter. But because this mare is old, and I've never really worked an older horse what would be a good way to work her without Wearing her down?
Now my gelding, he had a corneal abscess a few months back, we used all his medicine except the anti fungal, and its still there vet said to just keep putting anti fungal cream on and it would now have to heal on its own since the hole is gone and the blood vessels were trying to heal it.
Well that's fine and dandy I am happy its healing, don't get me wrong, but its causing a lack of sight in that eye. So he spooks very easily and once he spooks he stays tense and nervous and if something wiggles behind him or on that side he lashes out. He kicked a neighbors dog (the dog did deserve it though he tried to bite my boys back fetlock) didn't hurt the dog surprisingly, made him yelp but that was it.
My gelding is not broke to ride but he accepts a saddle and even girth tightening with absolutely no problem (except my stretching exercises with him he can actually get an English saddle off of himself if left unattended for too long). Well I wanted to get him trained, he's such a smart boy I feel he'd make a lovely riding maybe even a nice show horse. Only thing I am concerned about is his "bad" side, I've never worked with a horse lacking proper sight in one eye, so I am uneasy and I don't want to ruin him ya know?
So any advice on working out these problems would be fantastic.