Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Western Australia
Try getting a grazing muzzle for him :) He will still be able to have constant feed in his gut, but won't consume as much food.
Regular easygoing work is better than riding hard once a week :) because he is old you may need to take it a bit slower, but you might find he is in absolutely fine health, and will w/t/c and jump without problems. I ride a 22yr old STB, he jumps over 60cm (I don't jump any higher so don't know how much higher he could go)
A few weeks of just forward walking and 5 minutes of trot, at least 3 times a week, for an hour or so, and step it up every 2 weeks. As much as people say you need to go easy on them, I've ridden plenty of horses that are lucky to get ridden once a month, and have ridden them at w/t/c without problems, for an hour or so.. But riding regularly I would go easier to begin with. You don't want a sore horse on your second ride! :)
Good luck with him, he's cute.