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    07-26-2011, 11:45 AM
  #1
Foal
What is the best workout for a chubby horse?

Yeah... my horse needs to lose quite a few lbs so has anyone got like a routine I can follow? He doesn't need to lose it fast, I just don't want to start working him too quickly or not enough so anything is helpful.

Thanks!
     
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    07-26-2011, 06:13 PM
  #2
Foal
I found this plan, how does it sound? Formulating a fitness plan - Horses for sale, Equestrian news - Horse & Hound
     
    07-26-2011, 09:28 PM
  #3
Foal
I don't personally think it has to be set up to be that complicated, because I think that's assuming that you arlready have a semi fit horse. My suggestion would be to ride until he's sweaty....not like under the pad sweaty but actually damp on his chest. But don't overdo it and wait until he's gasping for breath to stop, either. Just continue that 3-5 times a week, and he will build up endurance and strength and drop the pounds.

Just like a person, do what you can as much as you can and you will soon be able to to more!

Also look at his diet. Consider cutting back or cutting out on his hard feed/grain ration altogether.
     
    07-26-2011, 09:42 PM
  #4
Weanling
Cut back on the diet, mainly. Unless you ride very hard every day I don't see how you're going to do much about your horse's weight, and even then without a diet change it won't help much. If your BO (or you) have a "large" horse field, or a diet field, put him in there. If not, talk to your BO or set one up yourself. Hope this helps =)
     
    07-26-2011, 10:00 PM
  #5
Showing
Instead of a posting trot/extended trot, try a very slow trot.. almost a jog. Just little changes like this can cause a horse to slim down due to working more as it's harder for a horse to go at the trot slow and balanced, than big and fast.

Make sure his diet isn't too fatty.. some store-bought grains are so rich that amount of grain they need for energy is piling on a MOUNTAIN of fat, thus causing a horse to become obese and sometimes unruly.

Also, lots and lots and lots of transitions. Lunging 4 laps walk, 8 trot, 2 walk, 4 trot, 3 canter, 2 trot... it's a lot of work. Just keep in mind you don't want to kill your horse :P Just make him think and put effort into it.

Also, any sort of hill work is awesome. It not only builds up muscles, but burns off fat! And it's great for you too :)

Constant work isn't good for them if they are obese. Keep it moderately short and give them some time to recoup as well!
     
    07-26-2011, 10:03 PM
  #6
Foal
Hills! Walking up hills is the best conditioning out there. My sister's horse is way out of shape and that is what we are doing with him at the moment. Hills build muscle and help drop the weight.

But as previously mentioned... cutting back on his food is a good idea as well. Just overall riding him until he's sweaty (also mentioned) is good. :)
     
    07-27-2011, 12:50 PM
  #7
Foal
Thanks for the help, he actually eats grass and drinks water and still manages to be plump, haha. But I think if I combine all this he's going to look great!
     
    07-27-2011, 03:28 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I recommend the book "Equine Fitness" by Jec Ballou- it has a lot of different exercises and training plans for everything from horses recovering from injury to top performance horses. It also comes with flash cards for each exercise- I used a hole punch to put a hole in the corner of each one so I can keep them on a metal ring. I pick a few each time I go out to the barn to plan a workout for the day.

Definitely helps me from getting bored doing the same exercises day after day and means I'm more likely to have a goal in mind instead of just riding around the arena aimlessly :)
     
    07-28-2011, 11:34 AM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
I recommend the book "Equine Fitness" by Jec Ballou- it has a lot of different exercises and training plans for everything from horses recovering from injury to top performance horses. It also comes with flash cards for each exercise- I used a hole punch to put a hole in the corner of each one so I can keep them on a metal ring. I pick a few each time I go out to the barn to plan a workout for the day.

Definitely helps me from getting bored doing the same exercises day after day and means I'm more likely to have a goal in mind instead of just riding around the arena aimlessly :)
that's cool!
     
    07-28-2011, 09:42 PM
  #10
Weanling
If you have him in a grassy pasture that's a sure-fire way to fatten up a horse. Around here, the grassiest pastures are reserved for the "skinny" horses. My horse is on "only grass and water" and she's rather plump as well. If there is any way to limit the amount of grass intake, that might be good. If not, wait until winter comes around...lol. Of course, conditioning for muscles is important, and I highly recommend the hill training. It sort of sucks if you have no hills near you though. The next best thing would be lots and lots of trotting. Best of Luck =)
     

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