How to get a horse back into shape?
I'm going to be riding a 20-something years old mare. Problem is, she hasn't been ridden in a very long time (probably only gets ridden a few times a year). How should I go about getting her back into shape? I am not planning on doing much with her, but enough to do 1-2 hour trail rides every couple days.
Or is she fine to do this without any exercising (for lack of a better word)? Sorry if these are stupid questions, I've only ridden lesson horses who get worked regularly, so I am totally clueless, lol.
They (the people who own the horse) don't have a roundpen or a lunge line, so I'm kind of limited, unless I buy one of my own.
(Don't worry, I'm not paying to ride this horse. The owner feels bad he can't ride her, and offered me to ride her fo free. So I thought, why not? My barn is 1 hour away, and so I can only get out there once a week. Extra practice for me!)
Any ideas? :)
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