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TessBelle
Reg. Mar 2014
Posted 2019-01-05 7:30 AM (#7418107)
Subject: Getting one back in shape


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Me and my horses needed a long break. One has been off a few months shy of a year and the other has been off since June. I’m ready to start back running. What’s the best way to get them back into running shape?
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Chandler's Mom
Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2019-01-05 7:05 PM (#7418158 - in reply to #7418107)
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Posted 2019-01-05 8:45 PM (#7418174 - in reply to #7418107)
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Just get back on and start legging them back up.  
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OutlawsLastDance
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Posted 2019-01-06 8:39 AM (#7418192 - in reply to #7418107)
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Short trail rides at first are good, 20-30 minutes or less for a 2-3 weeks so they can build their endurance back up. Then after 2-3 weeks I'll start trotting for a couple of minutes during the ride. Lengthening the time you're trotting after a couple weeks. After about 6-8 weeks I'll head back in to the arena and start working in there, focusing on the more technical things. I prefer to take it slow bringing one back because I don't want to risk an injury. This is my plan for this summer when I start bringing my mare back after she foals in April.
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BS Hauler
Reg. Jan 2012
Posted 2019-01-06 10:13 AM (#7418195 - in reply to #7418192)
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 Just get on them and put them to work. Horses don't go out of shape like humans do.
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chasendacash
Reg. Oct 2008
Posted 2019-01-06 7:58 PM (#7418226 - in reply to #7418107)
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Have they been turned out in a big pasture or kept in a stall or small run?  If they've been walking all day every day then they are ready to start a trotting routine.  Go about 5 minutes and then check to see how they are doing.  Add another couple of minutes every week until you get to where you want them to be then start adding a few different maneuvers and speeds in each week.  If I've been off as long as the horse has, I will wear out before it does.  :)
 
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TessBelle
Reg. Mar 2014
Posted 2019-01-06 10:01 PM (#7418236 - in reply to #7418226)
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chasendacash - 2019-01-06 7:58 PM

Have they been turned out in a big pasture or kept in a stall or small run?  If they've been walking all day every day then they are ready to start a trotting routine.  Go about 5 minutes and then check to see how they are doing.  Add another couple of minutes every week until you get to where you want them to be then start adding a few different maneuvers and speeds in each week.  If I've been off as long as the horse has, I will wear out before it does.  :)
 

They’re about half and half. I stall during the day but turn out at night.
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Nateracer
Reg. Feb 2008
Posted 2019-01-07 8:44 AM (#7418254 - in reply to #7418195)
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BS Hauler - 2019-01-06 10:13 AM  Just get on them and put them to work. Horses don't go out of shape like humans do.

LOL....that's lousy advice.   Especially if they are stall babies.

Not saying you can't get on them and work them to an extent, but you can over-do it in the beginning.  

I usually start mine with some trotting and loping.  2-3 minutes of each, each way, with lots of walking inbetween.   I like to check their breathing rates.  If they get to out of breath, I'll walk more, or break it up and trot twice one way for shorter times, etc. 

Then after a couple weeks of that, extend the times, especially the long trotting.  After about a month we will practice on pattern a couple times as well as breezing a bit.    
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NipntuckLR
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2019-01-07 10:30 AM (#7418270 - in reply to #7418107)
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I read once horses kept turned out in a group on 100 acres kept themselves just as fit on their own as a stalled horse ridden three days a week. So if they've been turned out they will have some level of fitness to start.
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MOGirl07
Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2019-01-07 12:39 PM (#7418285 - in reply to #7418107)
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I give mine a lot of walk breaks to begin with and limit my rides to about 30ish min for the first few weeks; if I ride longer I'll typically just trail ride.
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TessBelle
Reg. Mar 2014
Posted 2019-01-07 12:43 PM (#7418287 - in reply to #7418270)
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NipntuckLR - 2019-01-07 10:30 AM

I read once horses kept turned out in a group on 100 acres kept themselves just as fit on their own as a stalled horse ridden three days a week. So if they've been turned out they will have some level of fitness to start.

I can believe it. One is younger and she’s constantly running around with the babies. I can tell she hasn’t lost near the muscle mass the other has and she’s the one that’s been off the longest.

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JLazyT_perf_horses
Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2019-01-07 4:02 PM (#7418318 - in reply to #7418107)
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I don't ride from November-March generally. Sometimes I'll start back in March but not always. I won't run for a minimum of 6 weeks after I get back on. Start light the first week with 3-4 days. I ride by songs, I always have music going. Walk 2 songs, trot 1 song varying the speed, and lope for a minute of a song. With a song of walking between the trot and lope. Then walk another song after the lope & do the same the next direction. After the first week I go to 5 days a week. When my horse can trot for 4 songs each way and lope for 1.5 minimum without sounding like a freight train, we can start running. I usually say 2 weeks for every month off, but depends on how good of shape they were in to start with and how fast they deteriorate. My horse significantly loses his lung condition within 2 weeks of being off and most also start to lose muscle tone after 2 weeks too
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Yearly
Reg. Apr 2012
Posted 2019-01-07 5:58 PM (#7418323 - in reply to #7418107)
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Here is Sherry Cervi's methods for bringing one back from a long lay off. https://horseandrider.com/training/barrel_horse_layoff_111209-13056
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stayceem
Reg. May 2007
Posted 2019-01-09 3:38 PM (#7418540 - in reply to #7418107)
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I usually start with 3-4 days of walking/long trotting for about 20-30 minutes (maybe lope a few circles) for about 4 weeks then I start loping more and just slowly increase from there. I did listen to a cool seminar that horses hold their fitness a lot longer than we think (much longer than humans do). But winters here are definitely enough time to let them lose some it so I take it slow. I consider how I started at the gym and how I increased. I like it to be work but still pleasant.
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LIVE2RUN
Reg. Oct 2005
Posted 2019-01-09 4:21 PM (#7418549 - in reply to #7418195)
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BS Hauler - 2019-01-06 9:13 AM

 Just get on them and put them to work. Horses don't go out of shape like humans do.

Are you serious?? Yes, they are like humans. You can't expect a horse go out and work after being laid off for a year....good grief. :(
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