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post #1 of 5 Old 06-26-2011, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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Smile fitness advice

I was just wondering if any of you had tips you could give me about how to make my horses routine - exercise and diet mainly, to make him fit and also training tips. He is only four years old, five in November. We have barely any grass in our property and he has only ever been on hay, but this past month he has become lazy and has lost a bit of weight. So if any of you have any advice that would be great, Thankyou.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-28-2011, 04:50 PM
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You are in luck! I've been through pretty much the same thing with my 4 year old mare and here's what has been working really well for us she has gotten into amazing condition in this past month:

Feeding plan:

8am: 6 pounds hay, 1 pound vit/min supplement, 1 cup Canola Meal (which provides her Omega 3's/6's and fat/oil)

Noon: 6 pounts hay

5pm: 6 pounds hay, 1 pound vit/min supplement

9pm: 6 pounds hay, 1 cup Canola Meal

Usually about an hour of grass per day as well

Keep in mind her size and body type she is an APHA so both the QH and TB body types and she stands just over 15hh and is 1,100 pounds.


I've been riding her quite a bit to get her in such good shape so this past week for example I rode her 6 days each day we either did a couple hour trail ride with lots of hills, swimming in the lake (very good for their joints) or riding in the ring for half an hour working on impulsion and suppleness and doing obstacles, jumping obstacles,stepping up onto pedestal, tarps, etc... and some Parelli level 3 stuff like leading from tail, sideways over cones, turn on haunches, online and at liberty. I find doing all of this really uses a bunch of different muscles and is getting her off the forehand and really strenghtening her haunches helping her really get underherself.

This is a wonderful age isnt it?

Here are some photos :) Can you tell I'm a proud Mama? lol I just love her so much!
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-28-2011, 04:56 PM
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Here's another from this weekend you can really see how strong her haunches and neck are getting
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-30-2011, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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she is pretty :) that sounds like a pretty good routine as well i like the swimming in dams idea and i want to get into parelli training jus have to convince my dad haha but yu can see pics of my horse in the my horses page his name is bandit :) thanks for the advice
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-30-2011, 12:43 AM
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I am a strong believe in a lot of roughage so as much hay as he'll be able to eat!
Because he is 4, I'd personally do 3 days on undersaddle (light) 2 days of ground work/lunging and 1 day off.

Feed wise, each horse is different and if this works for your horse then bargain! if it doesn't you have the fun task of finding what does work (which is what i went through).

My boy is rising 2 (21 months as of tomorrow)

Lunged 4 times a week which includes ground work, lightly.
As much hay as he can get, he does have grass also.

at night -
Lucerne chaff
protein mix (replaces Bio-mare when i was using that)
Sunflower seeds
Seaweed meal (has just about every vitamin in it)
cell grow

and he gets a biscuit of lucerne hay with it

It's winter here, this was taken on Tuesday!
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