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    03-28-2012, 10:06 AM
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 can't 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?
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    03-28-2012, 10:10 AM
Welcome to the forum!

I would say do some round pen work to get weight off of her.
Just start with walking for 10-15 minutes and gradually lengthen the time spent walking. After she starts getting into better shape, ask for a trot and then length that slowly too.
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    03-28-2012, 10:21 AM
Id really start with groundwork and lunging, slowly get her up to a lope on the lungeline then if you can slowly start working on transitions under saddle (you can have a friend lunge her to get her to canter while you ride) otherwise changes of direction, circles and other figures are great for getting a rusty horse back in the groove
    03-28-2012, 10:34 AM
That sounds like a good idea! My other mare was very well trained and had alot of miles on her when I got her a long time ago so I really didnt need to do anything like this with her, I really like this poa and I think she has tons of potential, and I can't wait to see what she really has! I may try to start jumping her if she seems to enjoy it later on if not then we can stick to the trails, because she seems that she enjoys them. I will try to upload some of her, so everyone can see her go from over weight and poor muscle mass to very healthly!
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