Background info: Murray is a TB/QH grade 11 yr/old gelding who was mainly a pet before coming to me. I had him on a month trial back in August before returning him back to his owner. Then, his owner asked if I'd like to have him again, for a lower price, so right now, I'm taking him on a fall/winter lease (my mom's idea to see if I truly want him).
Right now, he has a hay belly. And, I rode him for the first time for 1/2 an hour. Just walk/trot only. He doesn't bend that well, and cow-kicked once during my ride. Before, he would cow-kick, try to toss me off, all that jazz.
So any tips/ideas for a re-conditioning program? We (my coach and I) are slowly going to re-condition him over the winter, buliding from 1/2 hour to full hour rides. I'm not to sure what I want of him, but I do know I want to take him to a walk/trot dressage show next year if possible. So I want him to know his basics and also to teach him to jump. That's our plan so far, but my coach told me it will take about 6 months to see him fit (and in a smaller girth!).