Originally Posted by ponyjocky
side reins and lunging. Over jumps even.
I definitely wouldn't be lunging in side reins over jumps if the horse is only just coming back into work. Lunging is very hard on the joints and a horse that hasn't been conditioned yet will struggle with it and likely end up injured, particularly if not being lunged correctly.
With an unfit, under-muscled horse, walking under saddle over hills will be the key to building stamina and strength in the hind legs and over the topline. Once the horse is fit in walk, some work in trot can be added. THEN some lunge work can be incorporated... mind you on BIG circles and working between circles and straight lines, lots of rein changes etc. Side reins only to be added once the horse is confidently working forwards. I LOVE side reins, but if you don't get the horse working forwards into them, working how you want them under saddle, then side reins are entirely useless and even detrimental, thus they get a bad rep.