Martha - 11 year old Clydesdale mare. Broodmare condition, muscle wastage on back and rump. Brought 24th December.
Me - 26 year old British woman. Fat and riddled with fibromyalgia. Works full time (80+ hours a fortnight)
Martha came to me with an 8 month old foal at foot. She did not want to talk to me. She was never aggressive, just aloof and generally offended by my presence. She eventually decided that I wasn't a bad guy and begrudgingly worked with me. Weaning started middle of this month. She still has a bit of an udder but is moving comfortably. She showed no stress at baby going, in fact continued to eat her hay whilst baby was put on the float and driven off.
She has no top line. She was pretty light from Christmas but is slowly putting on condition. We've got to work that baby belly off and get some cover on her back and bum. Her teeth have been done. They were very very sharp and had nasty hooks on them. Luckily I hadn't put her in a bit at this time or else we would have had a nasty reaction! She has no idea how to respond to a halter whilst I ride in one so I'm waiting on a big enough bit to arrive.
Trotting poles are being used lightly at this time as I've only just taught her to lunge, yield her hind etc etc. She has a brilliant "woah" not so much go...
I'm a heavy set 5ft4 woman. I've ridden all my life. Suffered a motorcycle accident a few years back, broke my leg but didn't realise it, it healed badly and I was diagnosed with fibro. Last July I fell off a friend's horse at the beach, at a gallop onto wet sand, onto my head. This stuffed up my neck, shoulders and back. I've only just come back into work and riding. So, I'm fat and unfit.
So we both need to get in shape. I do more than 12000 steps at work. On top of that I try to fit in 30 minutes walk around the nearby park. On top of that I work Martha. On my days off I'm up at my parents working my main horse and the baby. I've also got a youngster coming back from the breakers next week so I'm going to be a bit busy
I'm lunging Martha and using trotting poles. Walking her down the road and back (40 minutes). Not riding properly yet because I don't have a big enough bit but will get to that soon.
Photos to follow for any one who is interested