Thanks guys! He's been back in work since the end of August. If you think he's chunky now, you should've seen him then! LOL! He's lost well over 100 pounds already. He's still got a ways to go, but for 21 yrs old, he's coming around pretty quickly. We do a lot of "cardio" work, started basic leg yields and poll flexion, figure 8s, ground poles. I try to get a day in a week working in the field, some days will be focused on trot work, other days on cantering to get his stamina up. I actually just took my spurs off this week and went back to the crop. He seems to respond better just knowing I'm carrying it, and I noticed my leg position suffers when I have the spurs on (although my hand position is worse when I carry a crop). I think I tend to hold the spurs into his side too much. He's super wide and I have trouble getting my leg around him properly. We have been doing more transitions to get his back end under him, and they are helping to get him sharper off my leg as well.
I'm certainly not complaining. I am amazed at the progress he's made in such a short time and can't wait to see where he's at in another six months!
And yes, I think we will end up going to the show. Probably keep it to Beginner Rider W/T and maybe W/T/C. Just going and not turning into a bundle of nerves will be enough of a goal for me!
Oh, and for the iron supplement... We changed his diet last month when I bought him and put him on a B vitamin supplement for energy. I didn't want to make too many changes with his sensitive digestive system. I just put him on succeed and that seems to have solved his hindgut issue. If he still seems to be lacking energy, I definitely plan to try an iron supplement. My trainer recommended Total Blood Fluids Muscle.
I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.