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        01-23-2010, 07:00 PM
    Green Broke
    Re-shaping the horse?

    My horse Romeo has not been ridden hard in atleast 3 years. (Very fat/lazy/out of shape when I bought him)
    I finally got him down to a fairly normal weight, but I want him to bulk up more and be in better shape.
    How would you start him to get into shape?
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        01-23-2010, 07:01 PM
    What do you do for your workout routine now?
        01-23-2010, 07:05 PM
    Green Broke
    Ummm, well honestly there wasn't really a set work out during the summer.
    But this spring I want to start working him everyday so that we both get into better shape.

    I was thinking w/t/c/ then practice barrels, and cool down?
        01-23-2010, 07:09 PM
    If you want to gain muscle tone its really about setting a routine and building on it. Do you have any hills you could work on? Lounging on one of the hill sides is an awesome muscle builder.
        01-23-2010, 07:21 PM
    Why not just start riding him. Just saddle up and head out. You will quickly find out what he can take. Spend time on him and forget all the lunging unless lunging is what you want him to do down the line.

    Just ride him
        01-23-2010, 07:43 PM
    Green Broke
    My other question is, how much should I start riding him? Because I don't want to ride him to hard and have him lame the next week.
        01-23-2010, 08:21 PM
    I agree with Riosdad, just ride him. Riding him will be the quickest way to learn what he is capable of. Start with some nice walks, if you can ride him for an hour at a walk without him seeming like he is going to blow a foofoo valve then introduce some trotting. Lots of walking and trotting, especially on hills will get your horse in shape.
        01-23-2010, 09:23 PM
    When I got a fatty into shape, I started out with walk and trot for half an hour, twice a week. After a couple of weeks, I introduced the canter on large circles and for short spurts. I increased the riding to three days around the same time that I started increasing the lengths of our rides. Now I ride him four days a week for 45-60 minutes. Basically, don't push Romeo further than he can go, build up the workouts gradually, and take your time in cooling him off/warming up.

    As others have said, hillwork is great for building up those hind quarter muscles! Back when I had access to hills, I'd try to do hillwork once or twice a week. I would warm up my horse then walk and trot up the hills, keeping her in a working frame the whole time and pushing with her haunches. We never did much cantering or galloping up as trotting seemed to work the best for us.
        01-23-2010, 10:22 PM
    Green Broke
    Oh yeah, I have a lot of hills around here. I am going to start riding right away when it warms up so that we both get into better shape for show season.
        01-24-2010, 12:27 PM
    Lots of trotting to burn fat and build muscle!

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