New horse that needs refreshing.
Hello all, I am new to this forum and need some advice from other horse owners, last week I took in a 14 yr old 13 hand poa mare. The people that had her before me could no longer afford her care, so in being nice and generally caring about the horse I aggreed to give her a forever home. Before her last owners had her she was owned by Richard Childress stables in lexington nc, where she was used as a trail horse for children. Her previous owners had not really handeled or ridden her in two yrs. From what I have noticed so far she seems to be a very well mannered horse and is very gentle and easy going. She leads well, picks up all feet no problem, is easy to catch and handle, yeilds to pressure, backs easy but she seems very slow, not wanting to get faster than a walk and I cant get her into a lope. She is also over weight. My question is, being that she has been a pasture orniment for two yrs what are some exercises I can do with her to help her get refreshed with riding again?