This winter was my first back in a serious winter climate (Minnesota U.S.) after 8 years in Texas. Both my horse and I sustained ‘pasture’ injuries: he slipped on ice in his pasture and seriously pulled a groin muscle, causing a lameness and a swollen stifle. I slipped and fell twice on ice and wrecked my knee. (thread in forum on riders with health challenges).
But the giant snow-banks are melting fast, the sun is stronger, and it is time to get something going. I’ve been reading online about conditioning the senior horse - he’s 19, I’m about to turn 70 - and building Rube Goldberg gymnastics is not in the cards. We board at a strict and wonderful barn, have access to an indoor and outdoor and trails.
Today for the first time, as I was covering myself in shed horse hair, he looked like an old horse to me. I think I really need a conditioning program, but something simple. He’s a gaited Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse.
Any advice much appreciated! I’m retired and can ride 4-5 times a week, if I can mount and dismount without knee trauma. This is still an “if”…