Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
If he hasn't been worked in a long time, I would start slow. Fifteen minutes a day for two weeks. Walk for five, trot left for five, then right for five. Then up it to half an hour. Work both directions equally, doing mostly trotting. Work in circles, big small, figure eights, spirals, get him bending in both directions.Make sure it's a nice working trot, that will build up the muscles your looking for. After about a month, go up to forty five minutes, and add in cantering. Start with only one lap in each direction, on the correct lead, then after a few rides go to two laps, then add more circles at the canter. Be careful of his balance, is he heavy on the shoulder? Leaning? Slipping underneath? Work on keeping him straight and under himself.
You can also work on the lunge if you don't feel like riding. Follow your same pattern. If your in the middle of fifteen minute rides, lunge at the trot for fifteen minutes, both directions. If your into the forty five minute rides, lunge for at least a half hour, trot and canter both directions.