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    05-16-2012, 11:08 PM
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Foal
Exercising an out of shape horse

So Koby had surgery about a month ago and is now able to be worked again. He is quite out of shape and I am determined to get him in good physical condition, but am a little stuck as to where to start. He is 8 years old and loves to work although he can be a tad lazy at times. I lunged him today for about 20 minutes (mostly trotting with some walking breaks). He did great and didn't even break a sweat so I know he could have done more.
Does anyone have any suggestions for an exercise schedule for Koby? I am a first time horse owner and have never had to come up with a work out routine for a horse so I am a little stuck. If you want to see what he looks like I have pictures of him on my profile :)
Here is some more info on Koby:
~15.3h
~about 1,100 lbs I want to say...
~8yrs old
~Quarter horse

Any help would be MUCH appreciated! Thanks!
~Kayla
     
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    05-16-2012, 11:19 PM
  #2
Showing
What has your vet recommended?
     
    05-16-2012, 11:23 PM
  #3
Yearling
What sort of surgery did he have? Is he ready to be ridden again?
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    05-16-2012, 11:24 PM
  #4
Green Broke
You need to consult with his treating veterinarian. Also, whether or not he breaks a sweat is not an indicator of what is/isn't too much for him at this point.
     
    05-16-2012, 11:36 PM
  #5
Foal
@Skyseternalangel and @themacpack~My vet said that I can get back to riding by next week. She did tell me he needs to get back in shape however. He is galloping around in the field and acting like his normal self. I guess I didn't specify, by exercise I meant on the lung line or round pen, not under saddle. Sorry :)

@Prinella~ He had a cancerous tumor on his right upper thigh that was removed. He has healed up nicely and will be ridden next week. :)
     
    05-16-2012, 11:39 PM
  #6
Foal
My vet did tell me that he needs to be exercised. I don't want anyone to think that I am pushing him too far too early. He needs to regain his strength and loose some belly fat that has decided to show up due to lots of stall rest and yummy hay ;)
     
    05-16-2012, 11:45 PM
  #7
Foal
Sorry I keep adding more things I forgot to mention. By no means am I planning on starting a difficult exercise routine tomorrow...or even next week for that matter! I am talking about this summer. I just wanted to have some techniques or tools I can use this summer for getting him in to shape. :)
     
    05-17-2012, 01:26 AM
  #8
Trained
If it were my horse and the vet told me he needed to be in shape, I would start with light riding working on bending, flexion, leg yielding, etc. Then I would work on extending the walk and then trotting, for at least a week or so. After that, work on trails intermittent with schooling in the arena with loping or cantering depending what you ride.
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    05-17-2012, 01:47 AM
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Started
I stick to the rule that any exercise regime starts with walk walk walk walk walk. Then walking up hills. Then, only after you are resigned to walking forever, do you introduce trot.

How long the walk part lasts depends on the injury, and the previous fitness level of the horse. 6 weeks walk maybe for e tendon recovery, 4 weeks maybe for a horse that has been off for 6 months but was fit before.
     
    05-17-2012, 08:36 PM
  #10
Foal
Thanks everyone!
     

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