Originally Posted by Tnavas
You may very well be able to get a young horse into shape by lunging but it is an unwise thing to do. If you want the horse to last more than a few years you don't stress developing limbs by lunging the amount required to get a horse fit.
While you may think 'sweats' work - they don't - if they did every overweight person would be running around in them. They just make the horse uncomfortable.
While the method of showing inhand is different the presentation of the horse is the same.
Longeing...that's why I mentioned ponying for the younger horses.
The presentation IS different. Stock horses...judges are looking for correction PLUS...muscle mass.