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        10-10-2013, 08:43 PM
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    Foal
    Getting my first horse this week, any tips?

    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.)


    She is coming this Saturday or next weekend! She is a Arab-saddlebred, 13 yrs. Old, used to be someones primary riding horse, so she knows her cues very well, (Has an AMAZING trot, might I had.) calm under saddle, and is probably one of the most affectionate horses I have ever met. I love her already.


    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!
         
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        10-10-2013, 11:00 PM
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    Yearling
    Congratulations on your new horse.

    Take the time to bond, get to know each other and for her to recognize you & trust you as "herd leader and head mare"...
    Gain her respect on the ground and that will also work to get her respect astride.
    As for being out of shape...depending upon how out of shape...
    Go for a walk together building up to 1/2 hour of a fast paced walk for both of you. It will build your strength and stamina too at the same time....
    A few times a week or every day, you need to start slow and work from there.
    Increase in heart beats and respirations elevated and sustained for short periods of time gradually increasing will help her, you too.

    Once you get to the walking fast, if you can jog with her and do the same kind of thing...
    Or
    Slowly start riding her....first at a walk increasing in duration and amount of time each ride... over each ride walk her till she is breathing harder but not straining and her heart rate elevates and holds for a few minutes like that... then add trot work doing the same kind of build-up then add the canter work.
    Remember to work equal amounts of time each direction to build up her muscles on both sides of her body.
    Working on walking up and down grades is great work for hindend and back muscles but do this first from the ground and build up to astride...this is harder work than many realize for a out of shape horse.

    Remember above all else to have fun and be safe...ENJOY!!
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        10-11-2013, 03:15 AM
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    Weanling
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    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!
    Well congratulations! 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!

    Radiowaves
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