My twenty one year old mare, Grasshopper, is a healthy, strong and awesome horse, but on a long trial ride...up hills and such...she can get pretty winded and feels like she is really struggling. I haven't had her out on long rides and really pushed her much. So, she just may need conditioning....her lunges stretched out and all.
Does anyone have any thoughts or advise or perspectives which will help me in dealing with her? I worry about my horses and don't want to expect of them what is no longer possible. Can twenty one year olds still be brought back up to good conditioning? I know all horses are different, but maybe someone knows what I should watch for.
She is free-grazing now with grain 3 or 4 times a week. I know with people exercise...there needs to be a balance of food and exercise, but even poeple at a certain age don't re-build and re-energize quite the same...as young bucks. Or do they?
If you look at my photos she is the appy with the white patch on the rump...quite red most of her body.