Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I'm going to assume that he is in at least decent weight and has had his teeth checked so that any bitting problem due to teeth can be ruled out.
I would spend a week lunging him for about an hour every other day increasing it to every 3rd day by the end of week 2.
Halfway through the second week I would lunge him under saddle and start riding a little after the lunging.
By the time you are at week 3 he should be ready for regular rides increasing the length of the rides so that at the end of the first month, you should be able to take him out for some nice long rides.
Remember that if you only have a few days to work your horse it is better to do them consecutively. Whenever you are with your horse, even if it's just grooming, you are training.
That is how I condition a new horse that is out of shape. I try never to ride a new horse the very first week even if he is in condition. I spend that time hand walking and ground training.
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