I just bought my 12yo Arab-QH-X mare two Weeks ago. She has been out of regular work for 2.5 yrs so needless to say she is super out of shape.
I bought her, put her on good pasture, beet pulp w/o molasses, plus oil (BCS 3.5-4/9). We started week 1 with 5 days on, 2 days off of lighter work, up to 20 min. We w/t/c but focus mainly on w/t transitions. We also ground drive & long line some days instead of riding.
Week 2 we upped to 30 min, and tried out some hill work at the end of the week (w/t transitions up and down hill).
She is building butt muscles but I want to make sure she gets topline too. She really tries for me and usually is ahead of my leg but when riding she carries her head super high like a saddleseat Arab. I push her into my hands but she only stretches for the bit like that maybe 10% of total riding time.
I was wondering if this saddleseat/giraffeing will prevent her from building topline. If so should I lunge or long line her with a neck stretcher? My thoughts are NOT to get a headset but rather to encourage long and deep and low relaxed.