Originally Posted by Athena91013
Hello! The day has finally come!! I have bought my own horse yesterday after years of anticipation and hard work. (I'm sure many of you know the feeling.)..............
1.) She is out of shape, (not very fat at all, just really needs some muscle tone.) and doesn't have much stamina due to that. Any tips on getting a horse into shape?
2.) If you could back in time and give yourself tips to when you got your first horse, what would you say? What would you have done differently?
Thanks! I hope you all have a great day/evening!
What a wonderful event....
Getting your first horse is a really special process and you'll wind up with a lot of priceless memories. One suggestion I would make is to take a few notes as you go along through the process. As time goes by, they may be handy as a source of information and as even more time goes by, you may enjoy going back and reading the things you wrote down during this fun time.
I see you're already getting good advice about ramping up the exercise program. My main suggestion there would be to take it easy (particularly right at first) and don't over do it. Allow her to build muscle gradually.
The more time y'all spend together and the more time you spend in the saddle, the more you'll both learn about each other and the deeper the bond between you should become. Your confidence (in both of you) will increase and her confidence in you will increase.
To me, the bond/relationship is the core of it all. It's the most important part of it for me. Sometimes after riding in our outdoor arena in the late afternoon, I'll stop at the end nearest the trails and dismount and stand next to my horse as he looks out toward the trails with great interest. He seems to enjoy doing this and I have to say that standing next to him enjoying his companionship is truly priceless to me.
So during this fun time, soak up and enjoy every part of it!