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    He is here to stay!

    Ok, so many of you know from my last thread I am keeping the older guy( 22, not 16, lol) So now, share some great conditioning ideas and feed/supplements. He's pretty darn healthy on nothing when I got him, have him on alfalfa/oat hay, and a pellet with Grand Complete. He has no muscle in his back so it is quite low and his belly has that low sprung look. I figured lots of walking and trotting, should I bit him up and lunge him? I did just worm him got him trimmed, and as soon as it stops raining, the arena can dry out and we can start up.
    "To my Gub... Godspeed my friend, till we meet again." 1996-2007.
    Runway (Sasha) 2009 Zweibrucker filly by Redwine.

    "Silence is golden...and duct tape is silver."

    My advice would be to take it slow and work on his supplesness. And have fun. Horses that old need more time to get back their fitness. Like us when we get older. But the most important thing is to have them move as much as possible. If you could keep him outside or have regular turn out and go ride and lunge most every day.

    I do plan the training depending of the horse but 3 lunge sessions with 3 rides and a day 'off' of free quiet lunging or trail riding or really off for a longer turn out if horse is not living outside.

    Start quietly and see what you horse is confortable to give you.Try not making him too sore in the beginning. Muscles need time!
    Make sure your saddle fit, sway back even muscled can be tricky to fit properly. Even with good muscleling, it will 'stay' like that. Have your saddle checked more often until its fitness is back to top level!

    I like to give CortaFlex in fluid or pellets. See if he would be a good candidate for injections. Talk to your vet if you have any physical concerns. Have his teeth checked and enjoy the ride!


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      Thank you, he lives in a 100x24 paddock, so he can move around, its just so crappy weather wise right now I can,t really do much more right now till the arena dries out. I used to use Corta flx, maybe I will try it again. He goes western, so any fit suggestions for saddles and good pads are welcome!
      "To my Gub... Godspeed my friend, till we meet again." 1996-2007.
      Runway (Sasha) 2009 Zweibrucker filly by Redwine.

      "Silence is golden...and duct tape is silver."


        If he has any atrophy (hollows) behind his shoulders, I can wholeheartedly recommend the biofit correction pad. I purchased mine from Valley Vet for about $129. It is a wool felt pad with extra padding right where you need it to fill in those hollows and keep your western saddle level. Of course, you have to have a saddle that would be the correct fit to begin with if those hollows were filled with muscle . . . .

        I used that pad very effectively for my last horse, a saddlebred with major hollows and a high wither.


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          Thank you, I will look up that pad online.
          "To my Gub... Godspeed my friend, till we meet again." 1996-2007.
          Runway (Sasha) 2009 Zweibrucker filly by Redwine.

          "Silence is golden...and duct tape is silver."


            If you don't want the Bio-Fit, I use the SMX Ortho-Sport which does the same. It's been great on the 12 yo QH that I've been fitting up.


              Good for you for keeping him!!!
              Producing horses with gentle minds & brilliant movement!


                when the weather improves i would start trail walking several times a week and not lunge much. when i retired my old horse too early after being turned out for 2 years i put her back to work and started in early spring trail walking 4-5 days a week, started out with shorter rides about half an hour and got to about 3-4 hours, in about 6 weeks, by the time we were ready to go to work, she was ready for it, we didn't trot and sometimes i let her do her lazy walk and mixed it up with a real energetic walk and worked on bending and loosening up her back and stretching. i don't think you can hurt a horse by walking.


                  I see your in Nor-Cal, do you have access to Elk Grove Milling? I've had incredible luck with their senior feed. Have you had his teeth checked? Always a good place to start

                  I would probably add some sort of senior feed in, it really helps get condition on, and keep it on. Elk Grove is great, and inexpensive. I love the Purina Senior, but it's twice as much. I give that to my "hard keepers", and it's worked great. Beet pulp and rice bran can also be beneficial with the old guys,Lots of long, slow, easy rides to start with. I don't really think lunging is necessary. If you have access to trails, that would be fantastic for him. Start slow, and work your way up. Maybe start with three days a week, and just let him tell you when it's ready to do more I've found with older horses, it's hard to have a "rule" to live by as to how much they can and can't do. They will tell you.

                  As far as supplements, I've had success with Legend, Next Level, and GLC 5500+
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                    Thanks everyone, I truly believe that a good walk is the most overlooked gait. Alot of suppling can be done at just a walk. Dressage Diva, I just purchased Elk Grove Senoir Stable Mix, and am top dressing it with a bit of good old corn oil and some Grand Complete that I have left over from a past horse. After thats gone, I think just a good joint supplement will do.
                    "To my Gub... Godspeed my friend, till we meet again." 1996-2007.
                    Runway (Sasha) 2009 Zweibrucker filly by Redwine.

                    "Silence is golden...and duct tape is silver."


                      I would limit the lunging on an older horse. The joints do not need the stress. Walk a week before you trot. What about hills? They are always good, but can make muscles sore, well anything can when overdone.
                      Never argue with a fool. Noone can tell who is who.