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equiniphile 06-24-2010 09:33 AM

Show next weekend....should we go? Are we ready?
I've been trying to condition and train my 22-yr old Paso Fino gelding lately for the fair on the first week of August, which I've been planning on going to long before I bought my Thoroughbred dressage/trail mare. Having been laid up for 7 weeks with a broken collarbone (which is now FINALLY healed thank god), I was only able to work on his responsiveness to aids from the ground. Turning in the turnaround box for Trail Class, backing up, etc. Now that I can ride again, I can school him again.

I want to go to some shows this summer for the experience and nothing more...What I'm planning on doing is eventing, but not with my 23-yr old Paso Fino gelding obviously. I have fair planned; I'm doing Trail, Easy-Gaited Pleasure, and some fun events like Egg&spoon and phone book races. That leaves me plenty of time to get him muscled up, as he's out of shape now. What are good exercies for that? I've heard long trots but he is gaited so he does a TWH gait, a fox trot, and a Fino.

Then there's a show next weekend that my 4-H club is putting on. I have to go anyway to help with ring crew and gates, and I think I'm going to bring Arthur and show him in Trail, Halter, and Egg&Spoon (they don't have any gaited classes convenient lol). I don't know if he's ready for it though. Is he? Is there any way to condition an undermuscled (especially along the topline) 22-yr old in 10 days? It just doesn't seem feasable. I might have to scratch him from Open Halter, but I really don't want to as his conformation is good, he's just undermuscled. What exercises can help us with this?

I'll try to take some videos today of us riding Western so you can have at it with the critique. If the raining lets up I'll ask the neighbors to practice in their arena as they don't have horses anymore and never use it anyway.


barrelracer892 06-24-2010 02:40 PM

I would take him! Sounds like fun :]. My horse is under-muscled (Which I'm working on. The last 4 months he was being worked very lightly.) and I still barrel race him some. I would do lots of trail riding. Lots of hills help out. Rack (or whatever gait it is he does) up hills for a good workout. Ride at least 3 days a week. As for arena stuff, I'm not sure if you canter your horses or not, but you can do your horses little "racking" gait for about 5 minutes, then canter on one lead for 3 minutes, then on the other for 3 minutes. Give him a nice cool down. Once he can handle doing this, bump it up a minute for each gait. Hope this helps! :]

Lovehorsesandrunning 06-24-2010 04:28 PM

go (: it doesnt matter about the blue ribbons just go for the expeirence you need to get used to shows before fair(:

RadHenry09 06-24-2010 10:33 PM

I agree , the experience would be great for both of you..have fun: )

equiniphile 06-25-2010 03:15 PM

Thanks guys! I've got a video for you guys to critique....the product of 13 years of riding LOL I'm scared but I want your critiques!!:

And here's some pics of his muscling changes. The first is from winter (January?), the second is from April 24th, and the third is from yesterday. he's 22 years old and I haven't been able to ride him for 7 weeks (hurdling injury) starting May 4th, so he's really undermuscled. I'm riding him every day now and he's looking better by the day, IMO. How do you think he would do in an open Halter class at a show held by a 4-H group? His conformation seems excellent to me except for his high withers (which further highlight his topline undermuscling! Argh!), but hey, I've been known to turn a blind eye to my horses' faults. How old would you guess he was from the pics from yesterday? Anyway, tell me how you think he would place with a week more of riding daily for muscling. I personally think he looks 100% better from the first two pics!:


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