How can I get my horse back in shape?
   

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

How can I get my horse back in shape?

This is a discussion on How can I get my horse back in shape? within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • I want to get my horse in shape
  • Schooling a horse who has been out of work

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    01-25-2011, 09:54 PM
  #1
Foal
How can I get my horse back in shape?

My horse, Cocoa, has been out of serious work since 2005 after aquiring a leg injury. Now she is healed and ready to restart her (crossing our fingers) successful career as a show jumper, but I need some pointers as to how to get her in shape.

She is extremely fat (which is odd, as she is only on hay because feed generally sends her bouncing off the walls. Further investigations continue, as there is a 10-20% chance she was sold to us already impregnated), and as I said, hasn't been under much work other than some light riding.

Any tips, tricks or things like that? I lunge her, but am unable to ride because her girth is too small.

Anyway, thanks for reading! Hope you respond.

~Delilah
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    01-25-2011, 10:01 PM
  #2
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by JumpintheMoon    
My horse, Cocoa, has been out of serious work since 2005 after aquiring a leg injury. Now she is healed and ready to restart her (crossing our fingers) successful career as a show jumper, but I need some pointers as to how to get her in shape.

She is extremely fat (which is odd, as she is only on hay because feed generally sends her bouncing off the walls. Further investigations continue, as there is a 10-20% chance she was sold to us already impregnated), and as I said, hasn't been under much work other than some light riding.

Any tips, tricks or things like that? I lunge her, but am unable to ride because her girth is too small.

Anyway, thanks for reading! Hope you respond.

~Delilah
When I first bought my horse 3 or so years ago, he was 5 years old, only did showmanship when the lady wasn't scared of him, and sat in a pasture. He was fat, out of shape and a complete psyco.

What I did, was lunge him with his head tied every day for 20 minutes (because he was literally crazy if I didn't lunge him for 20+ minutes on the dot) which helped him and still to this day, helped him gain back muscle and helped him give to the bit which also causes him to lengthen his stride and jump more round over the fences.

Also, You need to get a bigger girth! I have a wintec fuzzy girth that I LOVE and its only about 25$! It's awesome, and its good to look at! Try getting that! The biggest size is 52, and it stretches. And maybe invest in a girth extender? I got mine for 8$ from dover.

I rode my horse every day in draw reigns for 2 months straight. Well, with the occasional sunday off. But, I worked my butt off to get him show ready, and after 3 years, he actually got too skinny. But, he actually got skinny a month after we stopped riding him every day. He's a naturally hard keeper. He's finally gaining weight though and looking and feeling great!

Also, to give her energy, I HIGHLY recommend alfalfa! My horse loves it, and it gives him energy and makes him feel great!

Good luck, hope everything works out!
     
    01-25-2011, 10:11 PM
  #3
Weanling
Lots and lots of jogging will do her good. It will put air back in her and up her stamina. So, when you are able to ride her it will be easier on her.
     
    01-25-2011, 10:11 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks for the advice. She's the easiest horse to lunge, and would trot forever if I asked her to (I don't, of course).

Believe it or not, her original girth was 52", and on the last hole. Outgrew it, and bought a 56" inch. Tried it on. Still about three inches short! I was like, o.O.
     
    01-25-2011, 10:22 PM
  #5
Yearling
Firstly she needs to be doing walk hacks for a while.
If she's as out of shape as you say (and honestly just considering the fact that she's been out of work for 5 years) you don't want to start too much too soon. It sounds boring (and it can be) but walk hacks for at least 4 weeks should be your priority. Take her out 4-5 days a week and just walk over different terrains. It will work wonders on her that you can't even imagine.

After she's done with her walks, I suggest starting some light trot sets. I'd do 5 minutes trotting, 5 minutes walking (1 set) and start off doing 3 sets, 3 times a week, with the other 1 or 2 rides of the week being walk hacks (yes, more of them). Start increasing the time of the sets (10 minutes trot, 5 minutes walk) after about 2 or 3 weeks.

It continues like this for a while. After you'd started doing trot sets I'd also start her on some light flat work, just teaching her to really work from behind and start establishing the idea of a consistent contact and stretch into both reins while maintaining self carriage.

You didn't mention the type of leg injury she had, so I'm just assuming it was soft tissue damage (tendon/ligament) and I suggest re-ultrasounding (if you haven't already) to see what you have to work with. With horses that have had soft tissue injuries (especially in their leg) trot sets will really help to start strengthening those tendons and ligaments. DO NOT start jumping her until she can W/T/C with engagement and impulsion and self carriage as well as a consistent contact through both reins. You do not want to push her too fast or you'll end up with another injury on your hands. Rehab and conditioning can be tedious, but if you do it CORRECTLY you'll be rewarded in the end.
     

Tags
cocoa, fitness, jumper, tips

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Getting Back in Shape ocalagirl Jumping 3 04-04-2010 05:26 PM
Getting a horse back in shape Solon Horse Talk 3 02-16-2010 11:39 AM
Getting a horse back in shape Horsegal16 Horse Training 5 01-09-2010 01:34 AM
Help getting horse and rider back in shape? CowGirlUp9448 Horse Talk 8 08-04-2009 12:44 AM
Getting back in shape? ohhellneely Horse Riding 3 12-29-2008 12:05 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0