should he be riden
my mum has just brought a new horse, a very quiet standard bred. my question is he is under weight, has no top line, you can see/feel ribs. he has been looked after as far as teeth feet worming goes and he was being fed, the lady just said she didnt like horses being fat so she kept him slim, to me he is skinny.
so any way we brought him great horse, put him in with our other horses, on 10 acres, there is feed in the paddock but it is dead so there is nothing in it but they have a round bale and get hard feed each day and a biscut of lucerne each (he will get 2 biscuts)
do you think it would be ok to ride him? we were only planning on doing 20 min walking trails at the moment ( he is not to good on the hills his legs get a bit confused as he has been on flat ground for the past 5 yrs and in a very small paddock prob 1/2 an acre, very funny to watch him) till he builds up weight and muscle and till he gets to know the place.
my personal thinking is as long as he takes in more than he burns he will still gain weight, and i like to get new horses into their routine straight away before they get used to doing nothing.
I wouldn't personally. I like my horse to be in good shape (meaning no ribs to see). Why not to start with some light ground work? It'll make a bond, however won't be hard on him.
I don't think it would harm him. My 5yr old from the age of 2-3 was extremely skinny he wouldn't put weight on and we did hard riding. He is fine now. But thats just me.
Your right, if your putting in more calories than he's burning the excersise isn't going to hurt him. Walking for 20 minutes would be just fine, it's not a lot of work and it's going to help in getting him on the road to being in shape.
Depends on how thin he is... if he has atrophied back muscles, sitting on him for any length of time may cause soreness. You might consider ponying him from another horse for awhile before you start with riding every day.
(yes, I read Fugly's post on conditioning, thought it was good:P)
I like Sara's idea to pony him. If his ribs are showing he is too thin, build him up more before you ride.
The groundwork is a good idea too. This will provide an opportunity for the horse to get used to you and there's nothing more glorious when the horse you love has bonded with you.
I rode Blu a while after we got him. I have a homemade, 'therapudic', eggshell foam pad that I put under my regular pad so I wouldn't hurt him or at least barely.
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