Hey guys, I am receiving a new horse in a couple weeks. He has been ridden lightly (walk, very little trotting) for years as a summer camp horse. Since the camp closed, he has been stuck in a pasture with other horses and no real exersize. I am looking to get him in better shape and eventually be able to canter him for up 10 minutes a ride.
I am TERRIFIED of him going lame in this process. Especially considering it is very cold where we are (about 30 degrees).
I will take whatever steps necessary to ensure he does not go lame.
I have an idea of schedual we could go buy to ease him in the process, but if anyone has any more knowledge I would appriciate another opinion.
Also, I am heavier then his usual rider. He was ridden by children 50-100 lbs. I am 200. He is a big horse, but I know it will make a difference.