This summer I really want to whip my lease into shape. Last summer I worked with him quite a bit but I was rather naieve and never thought to condition him or slowly bring him into the work I wanted to do with him (even though it was only very basic work). Because he hadnt been worked all winter he had hardly any topline at all, and I'm embarrased to say I never even took that into consideration. As a result we often had horrible rides in the arena (walking on the trails wasnt bad). I had a lightbulb moment at the end of the summer that me working him was like asking me to get up and do a traithalon with no training and I vowed I was going to do my best to get him fit and conditioned before we rode next summer (I'm away at college in the fall/winter/spring).
Anyways, backstory aside, I think ponying would be a great way to bring him back into basic fitness and I have some questions for those of you who have done it before.
I have a 4 week workout schedule designed for him that I've put together from reading various conditioning articles (which I'll adjust as needed) but for those of you who have done this before- what did your schedules look like?
My lease is a 16.1hh TB. The horses I have available to pony him with are a 15.1 QH and a 14.0 Halflinger. I don't think this would be problematic, but have any of you ever had issues with having a shorter pony horse?
Any tips, tricks, advice?