Reconditioning a 10 year old Mare...
Hi, I posted about my new mare in the introduction thread but I will give a little background on her and myself.
I have not owned a horse since I was 18 years old. I am now 41. When I was younger, I didn't do anything special with my horse other than saddle him and ride. I truly have NO experience with horses other than that. So I guess I am truly a NEWBIE. In fact, my riding lessons consisted of getting on...falling off and getting back on.
My new mare is approx. 10 years old and has not been ridden very much in the last 3-4 years. She also has the onset of the heaves. So here is my conundrum. How do I recondition her?
People tell me that I should lunge her to help with this but neither one of us knows how! I know I can pay a trainer to help us, but I want to do most of it myself.
Since she doesn't lunge and I have NO idea how to do it, can't I just saddle her and ride her or take her for walks? I know this may sound really stupid, but any help I can get would be a blessing.