Im not overly concerned with working him, as far as putting him to work goes. I am more concerned with working him to help build up some lost muscle. He has basically had free choice hay (more than he could ever eat) for the last couple of weeks. Lathargic might have been the wrong word. Lazy and unmotivated would be more accurate. He has slowly but surely been putting on weight and getting limbered up, but no one has ever done anything with him. we have had him a little over a year, we have led him around he does great in hand, but I don't feel like we are giving him enough opportunity to build muscle and, left to his own devices he will stand and munch on hay to his hearts content and not get out and move much. I started him on a small amount of grain, and alfalfa pellets last night as well as the hay. Im just curiouse what types of things I should be thinking ahead to, to help him put that muscle back on.
What was his condition when you got him?
Has a vet seen him at all in the last year?
Has he had his feet done regularly?
Exercise is what is going to help with the muscle. Hand walking, lunging, ground driving especially up hills or over poles will help build his muscles.