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.
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!