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post #1 of 13 Old 12-14-2012, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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I need your opinions

I am going to a trail ride the weekend of the 28th. The ride will be anywhere from 6-12 miles. I am taking Shadow and Phar Lap. I am hoping to ride Shadow but she is 27 years old and still a little underweight. She has been gaining weight and starting to fill out nicely. I have been taking her on short rides every week and she has a TON of energy. Do you think she will be ok to make the ride? If she tires or has any problems I will stop and rest her and turn around if I have to. Phar Lap acts goofy sometimes and will spin, rear and jump ditches when there is a lot of horses. I am afraid he will hurt somebody. So I really want to ride Shadow but I don't want to push her too far. Here is Shadow. She has even filled out more since this picture a month ago.
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-14-2012, 03:25 PM
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Honestly, i wouldnt ride her. But that is me. I wouldnt want to go backwards in any weight she has gained. She still looks very under muscled and underweight. 6-12 miles in my opinion would be too much for her.
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post #3 of 13 Old 12-14-2012, 05:35 PM
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My first inclination is to agree with CLAPorte, but really to answer your question with more thought, we need a bit more information.

What distance rides are you doing at the moment, and how often each week?

When was she last fit enough to do 12 miles without you 'wondering' if it would be okay?

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post #4 of 13 Old 12-14-2012, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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I only ride her about a half an hour to an hour twice a week. I am not sure when the last time was she was fit enough without question to go that far. Her previous owner said she has been on THOUSANDS of miles of trail rides but when I got her about a year ago she was emaciated. When I take her on rides she wants to do A LOT more and keep going. She even tries to run. I am thinking I will probably just take her and ride her around the camp site but not go too far with her. I would like to get her back into trail rides but I want to do it at her level of safety. Did that make sense?
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-14-2012, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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And I weigh 110 pounds. With my saddle the most weight she ever has on her is roughly 150.
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-14-2012, 06:20 PM
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She doesn't look underweight to me, she has a pot belly, but she just has no top line muscle, or any hip muscle, but her shoulder looks really muscled up.. I rode a 30+ year old Mare through the Rockies, in Co. One year, and she kept up with the mules.. 12 miles is allot, for any horse that isn't used to being ridden for that many miles..

Just remember, if you do 3 miles, and have to turn around, you're gonna end up doing 6.
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-15-2012, 01:34 PM
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I would be worried about her back unless you have a really good pad to fill in the gap that her age has given her. If she is well padded, I don't think 6 miles would be that big of a deal. 12 miles would be harder of course.

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She doesn't look to underweight but that belly is seriously big. Worms? Baby in there? Doesn't look normal to me at all. Needs some serious muscle all over. 12 miles would be way to much for this horse. This horse needs proper groceries and a good deworming then maybe think about riding.
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-15-2012, 05:48 PM
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I would not do it.

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post #10 of 13 Old 12-15-2012, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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I really need to get an updated picture. After the photo was taken she was seen by the vet and had a fecal done. She was properly wormed. I am not taking her on the whole 12 miles that is for sure. I am thinking that if I do ride her it will only be about a mile or a mile and and a half. Do any of you look at that photo and think "OMG she is starving her horse!" When I got her about a year ago she was a walking skeleton and it has taken me a long time to try and get her back in shape and healthy. I really thought she would never be rode again but she is miserable just doing nothing.
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