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post #1 of 4 Old 10-18-2012, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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I recently purchased a horse that had been starved a year ago. He was a bag of bones and has been on pasture for the last year and good feed for the last two months. However, he lost all of his muscle when he was starved and is now still skinny, but also out of shape.

I'm an English rider and wondering what exercises I should be doing with him (no more riding time than 4 hours a week) to help him and me get fit. I have just been walking him this week and plan to start trotting for brief interval next week as well as adding some cavelleti. Any suggestions are welcome.

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-18-2012, 12:09 AM
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Sounds like you've got the right idea, I'd just skip the cavaletti for a while.
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-18-2012, 09:12 AM
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We are kind of in the same situation with my appaloosa mare we rescued about a year ago -- we started exercising her in June with just walking then moved onto trotting and circles which seems to be working great -- so I would say your on the right track I would also avoid the cavaletti for now -- ground poles would be fine and will help build muscle as well. Best of luck with him it's a slow process but well worth it in the end :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-18-2012, 09:25 AM
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There are countless exercises you can do. A good point of reference I found, highly suggested by a friend whose mother is a veterinarian and she's owned horses for years:
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