Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
My horse has been out of work for 2 months and we're back to square 1. Help!
My horse was out of work during breeding season for two months and now she's back, NOT pregnant, so I'm putting her to work as my lesson and trail riding horse. Yesterday was our first day.
It was so frustrating! She's back to square 1, it seems. She can't pick up the correct lead in a canter, can't canter for more than 4 steps, can't canter in a circle. Her trot is crazy, rushed, super bouncy. She's tossing her head all over the place (part of her arab history, but it was exaggerated).
I know a lot of this is just being back her first day and being full of energy after a big storm, but I also know she's lost some muscle tone and is out of shape. She stood in a paddock for two months doing nothing but eating.
I'd like to come up with a plan to get her back into shape. I use her for lessons 3-4 times a week and maybe a couple times a month take her on trail rides.
What kind of exercises would you do if this were your horse? How frequently? For what length of time? What signs should I look for that she's ready to move on to the next part of her training (meaning, the next more difficult thing)?
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare