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    08-20-2011, 03:19 PM
Retraining an out of shape pony..

Well, any tips? I might have landed myself a new gig retraining a pony for show season, and as confident rider as I am, I feel like I might do something wrong! The owner wants her to get rid of her habits (rearing, etc) which I am fine with, but preparing her for show season? I don't really show, so I don't know what is expected. Its a hunter jumper pony and I haven't trained in hunter jumpers for a couple of years now, but I know the basics. The first few weeks or months, she just wants someone to come and lunge her regularly to get her back into shape and moving again. Anyways, please help - this is an oppertunity that I have been looking for but I don't want to mess it up!
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    08-20-2011, 04:56 PM
How much work has she previously done? This is for starting off I suppose...

If she lunges, have tack on while she is working to start building muscle over her back. Then do some over poles to get her using her rearend and back muscles again. She'll need to be balanced to do courses and what I have found good is to have the horse trotting on the lunge and ask them onto an ever decreasing circle around you, then let them out slowly again!
When riding, do similar things to lunging. Poles to build muscle, hill work too, circles for balance and bend. Start jumps small. Road work will harden up tendons so injury is less likely to happen. Lots of trainers do 3 or 3 weeks of solid roadwork at the start of a season so their legs are good and dtrong for demanding exercises

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