So I know there have been a ton of threads on here with suggestions for bringing a horse back into work. Intervals, etc. I have read some, plan to read more.
I’m about to start working with a halflinger airfern. He doesn’t look fat from far away because he’s built to be more… rounded… I guess, but he is really crazy fat. He’s probably an 8 on the Henneke scale. He lives in a field 24/7. The last time he was in a program at all was summer 2013. I have hacked him out on trails and sat on him a few times lately, but that’s all the work he’s had. I know for a fact he can gallop from one end of a large field to the other to chase around some horses without having a heart attack. But that’s his only real exercise.
He’s very athletic. But… how in-shape does a horse need to be before you start the interval programs? Is there a baseline? If so, what is it, and how do I even get him there? I would love some tips and recommendations.
PS- Please let’s not talk about his feeding program. He only gets the tiniest handful of grain in the mornings, and only because he breaks things if the other horses are eating and he is not. He’s not mine, so there’s not much I can do to change his feeding program. I know he’s fat, and I know it’s a problem, but I think exercise is the only fix at this point.