An eight year old draft horse mix recently came into my hands. He's an awesome horse, very willing and everything. I'm not sure what he did for the first three years of his life, but after that my trainer's friend has had him. But she didn't do much with him. He's been on hundreds of miles of trails and roped cows, ect. For the past two years or so he's been at my trainer's friend's friends' feed lot doing this and that. Recently (the past month) he has been sitting out in a pasture. Doing nothing besides getting fat. Ugh.
Now he's about 150 pounds overweight. He came to me personally a week ago today, actually. When I got on he nearly took off, haha. First time in an English saddle, snapple bridle, and a decently busy indoor arena. Poor thing. Of course, I got off and lunged and such. He got calmer...Except when dirt hit the wall and he freaked out, causing another horse to freak out and his rider to fall off. Now everyone hates Clyde (my horse). It's so annoying. But that isn't my point.
He's doing very well. We're not yet using a martingale or anything because he's starting to streach down to try and find his balance. But what I mainly wanted to ask was this: Is there any good exercises out there for a horse like him? He needs to loose weight, and at the same time we're working on transforming him into a Dressage horse. His turns (coming off the walls and such) are already so much better; he learns very fast...Though he still hasn't quite got the leg yield down. He got his throat latch stuck on a letter on the side of the arena last Thursday.
Anyways. Thanks in advance!