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  • Getting a horse in shape twinkie
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    06-16-2010, 10:06 PM
  #11
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Thanks so much for the information! Twinkie is so cute! I've been looking into workout programs to use for my horse. I barrel race and he's gotten out of shape this past winter. My problem is I live in Georgia and have red clay EVERYWHERE. So when it rains, usually about every afternoon in the summertime, I have to wait a while for the ground to get dry or else I will slip and slide everywhere. I don't have an arena yet and I don't have that many hilly places around my house. I have several fields that I can work in, however (again, when it isn't raining). Also, I am going to college AND working full-time. Do you think that riding 3 times a week would be doing any good? What kind of joint supplement do you use?
     
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    06-16-2010, 10:16 PM
  #12
Weanling
I actually feed him a mix of grains im going out there right now ill write them down and post them here for you. 3 times a week isnt bad but if you can at least make it 4-5 it would be better. I go out 5-6days a week. Twinkie had gotten alittle out of shape this winter to so I trailered him to places with covered arenas when I had to to keep riding. It sucked and the place I barrel race every Thursday has a covered arena so it wasnt to bad though. I can understand how it would be hard to get out there being a student and working full time but you gotta try and go at least four times I think, because he is a barrel horse you want him to have stamina and muscle for the barrels. Iv woken up at 5am before to get out and ride. It helps if you have lights around the arena.
     
    06-16-2010, 10:27 PM
  #13
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Thanks! The stables I work at has a small arena that doesn't have clay in it I can work him in. It's not covered, though. It's just 10 minutes down the road, but the only problem is my dad doesn't have time to take me, and he won't let me take his truck with my trailer. Not sure why. He knows I'm not a bad driver! Haha :]. My truck is too small to haul anything with :[. Dang girl-- getting up that early is dedication! That's awesome!
     
    06-16-2010, 11:01 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Galloping your horse isn't going to make him a hothead, galloping him in circles isn't either. If you do it correctly you can gallop a horse in the exact same place everyday and he will be as calm as a old kids pony. Your horse is gorgeous :)
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    06-17-2010, 03:59 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by barrelracer892    
Thanks! The stables I work at has a small arena that doesn't have clay in it I can work him in. It's not covered, though. It's just 10 minutes down the road, but the only problem is my dad doesn't have time to take me, and he won't let me take his truck with my trailer. Not sure why. He knows I'm not a bad driver! Haha :]. My truck is too small to haul anything with :[. Dang girl-- getting up that early is dedication! That's awesome!
To far to ride to? Yeah we had a clinic here like 4years ago with marlene mcrae my old barrel trainer was pretty good friends with her. And one thing she made clear is to have a good competition horse, they need to be in shape, for them to be in shape you should be out here every **** day. Give them a workout like 6days and maybe somthing relaxing once a week. I only ride 5-6days a weekd though XD ohwell.
     
    06-17-2010, 06:18 PM
  #16
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It takes about 2 hours to ride to it, plus another 2 on the way back. One of the ladies I work with said her and one of her friends would ride from there to the flea market below my house to get ice cream all the time when they were kids so she told me how long it took. I have a Marlene Mcrae book! I've been reading it this past week. I've picked up a ton of pointers from it.
     
    06-17-2010, 06:34 PM
  #17
Showing
Thanks for the advice!
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    07-19-2010, 11:52 AM
  #18
Weanling
Welcome :]
     

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