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post #1 of 7 Old 10-26-2011, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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What is a good exercise routine?

I got my gelding last spring, he came off 2 years of pasture rest and is about 16 years old, he is quite out of shape. I am wondering, what would be a good routine for lunging to help him get into shape? He has a mild heart murmer so it can't be too strenuous.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-27-2011, 01:52 AM
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When I bought my mare she was quite out of shape and my vet told me to walk for about 20 minutes, trot for another 20, and then walk again to cool off. As she gained more muscle I worked her up to more trotting and cantering. Since your horse has a heart murmer it might be best for you to ask your vet what a good regimen would be though. Just remember to start off easy and work up slowly.
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I have already spoke with my vet, but also really like to hear from those that have had a similar experience. Thanks for your input!
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-27-2011, 11:12 AM
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I have already spoke with my vet, but also really like to hear from those that have had a similar experience. Thanks for your input!
What did your vet say? We don't want to waste space offering suggestions to have you say - nope - vet said I can't do that.
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Vet said that heart murmurs rarely kill a horse, and as long as I don't ride him fast & hard it should be fine. She said he should suit me fine being that I just want to mosey on the trails, but I also want to help him get into better shape.
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Vet said that heart murmurs rarely kill a horse, and as long as I don't ride him fast & hard it should be fine. She said he should suit me fine being that I just want to mosey on the trails, but I also want to help him get into better shape.
When I competed in distance riding, there were horses with heart murmurs. Best way to keep an eye on them!

Do you only want to lunge to shape him up? Or ride also? Long trotting is an excellent way to shape up soft tissue and the CV system.
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He is super hollow on top with quite a tummy...so muscles on top, etc.
Would love a lunging routine for when I am not riding.
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