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post #1 of 11 Old 10-01-2011, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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New Lease Horse! Training and Trail Ideas

I thought this might be a better section.

I am getting a horse in about a month. I'm leasing him over the winter into spring. His name is Levi and he is a 15ish hand grullo QH.

Any suggestions on what to do the first day I bring him home or stories would be great.

Also, he LOVES trails and I'd like to do ACTHA trail with him. He isn't in the best of shape now, no obvious shoulder or butt muscle but is not too bad either. The only problem with getting him in shape is that his shoulders aren't that great and he'll start to limp after awhile. I need to get him in shape but not overwork any of his joints. So obviously no toning or muscle building jumps. (No full out running, not even cantering for too long) Any help on that is greatly appreciated too. We've bonded very quickly over the summer and I can't wait to get him! He is 9 years old this July, so about 9 and a half now. We're boarding him in a boarding and lesson stable right over the hill from my backyard so it's full livery in a stall , but I'll be able to see him all the time.

As for his shoulder, they make popping sounds sometimes, but his chiropractor and vet gave him the ok, and he'll limp after awhile of good running (Limp at a walk or trot-I think he may just do that with the campers though to get out of work)

And he's on a mixture of oats and sweetfeed and we're getting his tack. He's western with a browband, but I'd like to get him in a double ear and neck reining, he has to learn that too.


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post #2 of 11 Old 10-01-2011, 07:41 PM
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Sweetfeed makes me cringe... lol

I say, do lots of trotting. And transitions.

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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Sweetfeed makes me cringe... lol

I say, do lots of trotting. And transitions.
Why? Honestly, I'm open to any advice.

And just from a trot to a canter or from anything?
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If he's popping and limping....What exactly is wrong with him that the vet would still give him an OK for a ride?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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If he's popping and limping....What exactly is wrong with him that the vet would still give him an OK for a ride?
We found out he just limps when he knows the campers are going to ride, horses are smart. But as soon as he knows I'm riding him he's all peppy and let's ride! And his shoulders are hard to explain too, we think he just got overridden or jumped when he was young, but he's fine to ride. We wouldn't use him if he wasn't and I wouldn't let anyone use him.
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I worked at a giuded trail ride and we had a horse that was big and stought we used him for the heaver riders. Now he had his own built in skale. If he saw someone he thought was over his limit he would go lame before we got him to the mounting block. Even though we new he was not we could not put people on him because of leagule reasons. So he would jog happaly back to his stall.
Now for fitting him hill work if you have any would be good. Just walk and trot up and down them. It will give him a good work out with out being as hard as cantering.

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I worked at a giuded trail ride and we had a horse that was big and stought we used him for the heaver riders. Now he had his own built in skale. If he saw someone he thought was over his limit he would go lame before we got him to the mounting block. Even though we new he was not we could not put people on him because of leagule reasons. So he would jog happaly back to his stall.
Now for fitting him hill work if you have any would be good. Just walk and trot up and down them. It will give him a good work out with out being as hard as cantering.
Horses are definitely smart! That made me laugh. And thanks, we have lots of hills!
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Sweet feed is just crap feed. All sugar and startch and no nutrients.

Transitions-
Walk-trot
Trot-walk
Halt-trot
Trot-halt
As well as going over pole and bending and flexing would be good for loosening him up.

Be careful though, because if he has a tight shoulder he will be more prone to straining a tendon.

You could work on moving on forehand and haunches and side passing.

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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Sweet feed is just crap feed. All sugar and startch and no nutrients.

Transitions-
Walk-trot
Trot-walk
Halt-trot
Trot-halt
As well as going over pole and bending and flexing would be good for loosening him up.

Be careful though, because if he has a tight shoulder he will be more prone to straining a tendon.

You could work on moving on forehand and haunches and side passing.
I see, it's just to keep weight on them and for the fats for their coats. And thank you!
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post #10 of 11 Old 10-05-2011, 05:23 PM
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You should try a pelleted feed. I feed both of mine Fat and Fiber, you could also add some canola oil too. It makes them gain fat not energy, and makes their coat super shiny :)

Sorry I don't mean to be drilling this, I just know so many people who feed sweet feed and I just cringe XS

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