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post #11 of 12 Old 03-27-2014, 12:19 PM
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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.

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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.
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-08-2014, 09:31 AM
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Mini exercise

I'm the owner of a 22 year old miniature stallion and I've been able to keep him in shape by taking him for walks like a dog. He loves it. Sometimes he trots out ahead of me, sometimes he "heels". I will even go for a jog through the woods where the footing is soft. He pops over little logs. Walking him will not only get him in better shape, but will stimulate him mentally.
I would be cautious about lunging him in a circle if he has a stiff hip.
In terms of feeding, my stallion gets four cups of Sentinel Senior a day and a full flake of hay (because he's a stallion). Obviously it would be different for your guy, but be cautious in how much you cut back if you do. In my 15 years involved with showing minis, I have seen just as much under feeding as over feeding.
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