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post #1 of 5 Old 04-26-2012, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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bringing a horse back into work

Hi,
I recently gave my 5 year old appaloosa/quarterhorse/thoroughbred horse about 2 months off work to put weight on and because he lost shoes, and farrier was away. I was just wondering if anyone had advice about bringing him back into work, like a routine or something ??
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-26-2012, 10:27 PM
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Start slowly, lots of stretches, and build time spent riding while adding in more pattern work and transitions.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-27-2012, 10:42 AM
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I use a lunging regiment usually. 5 minutes of trotting both ways for a few days, then 7 minutes of trotting and a couple canter laps for a few days. Then ten minutes trotting both ways and a few minutes of cantering both ways, etc. Until you have a half hour lunging session going for a week. Then do half an hour of walk/trot under saddle for a week or so, and add on appropriately.
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I use a lunging regiment usually. 5 minutes of trotting both ways for a few days, then 7 minutes of trotting and a couple canter laps for a few days. Then ten minutes trotting both ways and a few minutes of cantering both ways, etc. Until you have a half hour lunging session going for a week. Then do half an hour of walk/trot under saddle for a week or so, and add on appropriately.
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Why lunging?
I would ride about the same as she said but I beleive its easyer and better for the horse riding and not running around a round pen that much.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-04-2012, 08:09 AM
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I lunge to eliminate the weight of the rider while they get back on their feet. It allows them to get their feet under them without worrying to much about their balance or to many cues before their fully back in work. Mode. Riding for those same times wouldn't hurt him, I just prefer to lunge. :)
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