Approaching 60 years old, I’m taking one more fling at horse world (see my thread on “Talk me down! (maybe…)”, and will soon be the excited-but-terrified owner of a 4.5 year old, well-started Amish-bred Friesian sport horse, who has already done harness / driving / supposedly a dressage schooling show. Whereas I have only owned older horses in the past, not ones that are still green and growing.
He’s currently 16.1 and a half, still a bit wiggly but well put together, and I’d like some pointers (to website, PDF, book, whatever) on what his weekly work should look like (he’ll be getting about 4 days a week of work for now - we’re coming into winter, yikes).
ETA: I plan to show in dressage with him (as far as we are capable of going), but also some trails, and some crossrails for fun (as long as he’s agreeable).
- Seller said he needs a day a week (for a while) of lungeing in loose sidereins to create stretch over the back; he has the typical upright neck of the breed and comes readily into a ‘frame’ under saddle, but needs to learn to stretch down.
- A day under saddle, focused on…?
- A day of groundwork? focused on…?
- Another day under saddle? focused on…?
I can’t begin to express my appreciation for the deep reservoirs of knowledge in this forum, and how readily you all share them…thank you!!