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post #1 of 4 Old 08-01-2012, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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training when concerned about weight?

so my little arab bailey is putting on weight finally!!! We are starting to see his hips fill out and the fat is finally starting to slowly cover the ribs. Now bare in mind this is my first horse that I had to be this much weight on. It has been rough for me trying to learn how to do it properly without having ill effects.

But with his slight weight gain starting so is his energy level. He is now starting to run and start encouraging horses to play and actually participate and look like a normal horse. With that change in energy I want to put it to good use especially since I have a feeling that if he keeps putting on weight he will get hotter and unmanageable enless we start now.

Now I don't need hard work out ideas for him. I have been focusing mainly on leading manners, basic things like stepping over small poles and desentizing him to bags, tarps, noises, cars etc. so far so good.

Now I usually would start lunging/free lunging him to start working on muscle and balance at a walk trot but I feel like even that is pushing it to much. So what type of training/ground work ideas can I do to start having the fat build into useful muscles without over doing it??

Thanks for all your advice :)
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-01-2012, 10:35 PM
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go left go right, go in figure eights, come here, back up, join up, put some logs in the round pen make him step over, load in trailer, unload from trailer. Send over obsticles, walk walk walk
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-03-2012, 11:35 PM
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He should have plenty of energy if you feel its too much shorten the sessions, and all training you do doesn't have to include making them sweat. Getting them to like the previous poster mentioned to learn to change directions shouldn't affect them. If your giving him a proper diet for a thin horse it shouldn't affect him. I wouldn't take him on the 5 mile fun runs yet but getting basics of movement and respect out of the way would be fine.
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he already has those down pat lol. He is really respectful, listens to body language, voice commands, steps over poles, tarps, pretty much all desentizing you can think of. I am just not sure when is the right time to start trotting exercises veruses keeping him in walking exercises.

The energy is still picking up but I am nervous to put him in trotting exercises just because I don't want him to drop weight again. After this week he gets another grain increase from 7lbs to 9lbs so maybe once he is on that for a week I will feel comfortable trotting him and working him. But he is an arab and his mind works a mile a minute. He knows what to do generally before I ask it and makes my life so much easier but it is boring him :(
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