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post #11 of 12 Old 12-09-2015, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by jenkat86 View Post
I think you will be pleasantly surprised in how well diligent hand walking can be for both his weight, muscle mass and hoof health.

I would start out hand walking 20-30 minutes a day. Not a leisurely stroll, more like a power walk. Just do this for a few weeks. He should be conditioned enough to take a rider by then. Then once you start riding continue with the walking for about a week and then add in some trotting.

As far as feed goes- no grain. Stick with hay. If the hay is lacking any nutrients, you might add in a ration balancer. A slow feed hay net might not be a bad idea, either.

For his white line/ hoof issues- Spray on some apple cider vinegar every time you pick his hooves. It should keep any funk at bay.
Walking, got it. Any work at his extra gait? He step-paces. And apple cider vinegar? Makes sense, thanks a lot :) That's been bugging me.
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post #12 of 12 Old 12-09-2015, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
that's good to hear. so, just a whole lot of walking is what I'd do. hills are good conditioners, too.

last year I rode a horse who was rotund, and we got a good 100 pounds off by two hours of walking and trotting , 3 or 4 times a week. AND no grain!
I'll definitely do that :) I'm a Kiwi, we have no shortage of hills!
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