Originally Posted by OneFastHorse
Excuse me? I most certainly did. I also asked for more first info and didn't jump the op about her training practices. Many people do thing much differently than you or I, but I don't condemn them for it. I start my babies at two if I feel they're ready. By 4 they are patterned and ready to start running. But, that's not to say that works with every horse. You have to go with what the individual animal tells you both mentally and psysically. Ther is no one golden rule.
I also didn't jump the op about her trains practices bc really, it's none of my business and she asked about feed.
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Really it doesn't matter that everyone does things differently.....what does matter is that the OP stated that she will be doing 2 hours barrel practice once a week on a three year old that's been out of work for a while. That's a recipe for injury.......by telling her this, by myself and other posters, it might save her and her horse the trouble of an injury and the cost of vet bills....therefore it is prudent to let her know that doing this kind of thing may not be the best idea......have you ever seen a runner who has been on a six month break just throw their running shoes on and do a marathon with a 30lb backpack on??? NO? Thought so......
There is no golden rule....you're right, but there is experience, knowledge and a lifetime of horsemanship to back up the suggestions given in this thread. The OP was asking an honest question and she got an honest answer....no one jumped down her throat.
OP: I would get this horse a little more conditioned before asking for two hours of pattern practice, the pattern practice at a walk and jog is not necessarily the issue, it's the duration that may sour this horse or make him sore. However if you do continue with your plans I would just continue with his hay, add a salt/mineral supplement and watch closely for weight loss.