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post #1 of 3 Old 06-22-2011, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Increasing fitness and build of older horse (pictures)

Hi there, I have a number of things I wanted to ask you guys on here and I hope you can help This might be long so bear with me please.

I have a 15.2 part Thoroughbred gelding between the age of 18-25 (different vets have given different ages). He had a bad leg injury a few years ago and almost had to be put to sleep, but luckily he's fine now and we have been been gradually getting back into riding regularly again and getting him fit. He's lost a lot of fat but still has a huge fat belly that we can't get rid of lol. He's building a little muscle but not much. So bascially he's kinda scrawny with a huge belly haha.

He's generally quite lazy until he's warmed up, but after that he can be very forward, even bolty, its a stuggle to slow him down and keep him in walk without him breaking into trot lol. He loves jumping and literally drags me towards the jumps himself. His legs are a bit stiff, more on one side, he's on joint supplements, and apart from the occasional instance of locking joints he's fine.

He will go down on the bit after some immense struggling (he can be very stubborn in general) but after that he goes nicely even though its still a pain to get him to use his back end properly (been the same since he was 10, just so lazy lol)

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to get a horse like this fit? I would like to build him up a bit more and get him looking good, but I don't really know where to start. It's mostly a problem of getting him going forward nicely as opposed to rushing, and using his hind legs. I know it may be a lot to ask of an older horse but I know he has the energy.

I was also wondering whether or not he would be too old to train, when we first got him I was too young to really do anything on him, but now that I'm older and have the time I would like to really get going with all of this. I managed to get him to do a flying change about 6 years ago haha I wonder if he still remembers the command.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Laura

P.S ignore the rider, that's my sister, I refused to be photgraphed at any time lol.
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-22-2011, 01:21 PM
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They are never too old to learn new things as long their body will physically allow them to do what you are asking.

He does have a nice round belly.

I would just continue on with his work, adding additional time to his work schedule so he slowly gets more into shape.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-22-2011, 02:23 PM
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Has he been dewormed lately? Sometimes parasites can cause a round belly in an otherwise in shape horse. He looks great for his age and I don't really see a problem with training him, just be sure that you are not pushing him further than what his joints can handle.
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