Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
I agree with everyone else :) I don't know how it goes over there but where I grew up in south australia, the summers used to get ridiculously hot (up to 48C sometimes) and it most quite normal to rest horses out on a station (australian version of a ranch ;)) or something over the summer months. They were usually not worked at all or if they were, it was for a limited time and everyone came back good as new :)
It does horses good to have a break sometimes and I doubt your girl will forget anything. She's probably thinking she's just on a holiday ;)
For both of you though, start with some lunging for a week or so. It will help get rid of any pent up energy she has and will give you a chance to see how she is going :)
P.s. When I got my tb mare, she hadnt been ridden in around 14 months and after warming up, she was straight on the bit doing all her fancy stuff :)
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"