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    06-06-2011, 09:23 PM
building up muscles and reconditioning.

I just brought this older gelding over from a friends place yesterday, he used to do showjumping and has been at there place for 3 yrs not being used. He's a great gelding, quiet as can be and huge! I realized he is loving being used and having a job from what I can tell. Just had him in the round pen twice, and done some groundwork with him. I'm wanting to recondition and build him up again slowly. His topline is especially bad. Just wondering if anyone has any conditioning schedules that might be handy or excersises, ideas ect? I have a few but anymore would be appreciated. Thank you :)
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    06-06-2011, 09:48 PM
I've got the same question in health section- interested to find out what you come up with here! I've got the same issue. Good luck! :)
    06-06-2011, 09:58 PM
Originally Posted by Goodbye13lueSky    
I've got the same question in health section- interested to find out what you come up with here! I've got the same issue. Good luck! :)
thank you. Good luck to you too lol, it's such a shame because he is really such a nice horse!
    06-06-2011, 11:04 PM
Thanks! Yea I know what you mean. I have an answer in my thread in the health section if you want to check it out.
    06-07-2011, 12:28 AM
Originally Posted by Goodbye13lueSky    
Thanks! Yea I know what you mean. I have an answer in my thread in the health section if you want to check it out.
ya I saw it and subscribed, thanks
    06-07-2011, 01:16 AM
Well, I would start with a lot of walking. Just walking, and walking on the bit, then stretched forward, then on the bit, then stetched forward.
Add backing up at a walk.
Add walking up hills and trotting.
Backing up hills.
Trotting a lot, and trotting ground poles.
Trotting cavalettie. Easy happy canters
Trot to canter trot to walk transitions and circles.

And? What makes you happy.
    06-07-2011, 02:27 AM
Wow, I just wrote a big reply to you tiny and it all got wiped :( anyways, long story short lol, thank you, I have only been on him twice for about 5 minutes at a walk and backing but he is a very strong horse. Not mean or ill mannered or anything but strong. He is so strong that I have to use most of my strength to ask him to halt and all my strength to back him.any ideas to make this easier for my conditioning?i already start light and get stronger but (and it realize it hasn't been much time I've worked on it) it hasn't gotten any better. Anyways, thank you, I will incorporate this into my conditioning on him. For right now I will only be doing groundwork with him because his feet are so bad I will not be riding him until I can get them done sometime this week.

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