Yeah just relax she won't lose muscle that quickly and since shes so young its good for her to have a bit of a break. Enjoy your horse take her for long walks and just bond its really fun.
I think this winter will really help me just "live in the now" with my mare because when I got her last summer, (even though I just hung out with her for the first 4 or 5 days), for the most part, I was too focused on working her (which in this case was lunging and groundwork).
Im not proud of how much ground work and lunging ive done with her (the good thing is that they were short sessions, 10-15mins tops both sides). But we have moved on and onto better and more exciting things for my mare.
Ive said it before and Ill say it again. Ive never ever seen the point in lunging any horse for 20-30mins per side. I get dizzy, and bored as time goes on and the very first time I learned how to lunge (from my trainer in April when I didnt have my mare), she made me do it for an hour. It was a lot to take in and I was bored and dizzy when I was finished. It would have been much more beneficial had she taught me for 15-20mins, then do something else. See what im getting at?
It of course didnt help that my past two trainers at the old barn kept harping that I needed to "perfect" her groundwork and that she had so many holes in her groundwork from her previous owner that I must fill them before riding her, or else they will carry over to the saddle. YES, there is no doubt in my mind that my mare did have holes in her previous owners training. But they have been filled. I wont ever forget the very first lesson I did with my mare and my trainer at the old barn, we did 3 of the 7 Parelli games with ease.
Later in the lesson, my trainer did some sacking out by throwing the string around her legs. My mare freaked out and was panicking the whole time. Trainer kept on it, kept on it until she started to relax. I think we must have been at it for a good solid 10mins before she settled down and realized that my trainer wasnt out to kill her. Right then and there the trainer said, "you have some serious issues with your horses training that need to be addressed". It was that moment right then and there, when my mind primarily sunk into ground work.
For instance my last trainer, the one who has a program and claims every horse is tailored to her. remember him? yes the one who made me do 11 or 12 different ways of backing up my mare, 5 or 6 ways of lunging her, etc. His program was so over the top, I cant believe I wasted $300-400 on his lessons. Dont get me wrong, he was the trainer who taught me how to roundpen properly and he came into my mares training at a time where I desperately needed a trainer (a month after I got her). He was a saviour because he really did help turn the tie for my mare and I.
His lessons were two hours long and IMO that is WAY TOO LONG, but at the time I thought 2 hours was a benefit over 1 hour lessons (cause I find 1 hour ones to go by really fast). But again, its the same logic as when riding, shorter sessions the better and horses take in information better than done in short lessons.
He introduced me (and sold me one) to his stiff rope training halter, which was great for me when doing ground work with my mare. But after about 1.5 months now of going back to my mares nylon halter, I do believe the stiff rope halter has been retired and if I need to use a rope one again, I can use her soft rope halter. PS - my trainer now really hates the stiff rope halter I have and finds it unnesecary and way too harsh to use on any horse.
Its funny because at the old barn, everyone used rope halters for everything. At the new barn, everyone uses nylon lol.