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Valkyre

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Valkyre says:

Tired Youngster

I've been breaking in my new mare, she's four and doing really well, the only thing I was a bit surprised was how tired she gets! We only do 20 mins of work a couple of times a week at the moment so as not to fry her baby brain with too much new stuff.

Take last night, our first hack as an example, she'd been chilling out in her stable for the afternoon, we tacked up, went out for about twenty mins most (walk only) with only two gentle slopes, she walked in fine (very proud considering we had to navigate a couple of vans with scary trailers despite being half seven in the evening!) and as soon as she walked into the yard she stands still as if we've been galloping for the last hour.

Drag her round to the stable, give her about ten minutes to sleep, then she perks up again back to her normal self, she lives out in 18 acres with several others, and is a little chubby from being spoiled rotten by her previous owners ^.^ although we're working on that and she's getting fed once a day.

 

Just wondering if most people have that with their youngsters when starting off getting tired briefly after very little work, or whether it could be her weight?

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DuffyDuck

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DuffyDuck says:

Re: Tired Youngster

Working youngsters means working muscles ;)

You will have to do a lot of conditioning work, and walking will help a lot, lunging also. If you only ride twice a week, what else do you do?

My three year old is ridden3-4 times a week for 30-40 mins in w/t/c and lunged normally ten mins before to loosen him up. Every other day he is either lunged, or we do ground work over poles, tarpaulin etc.

He has just been gelded, so he'll start turn out in about 3 monthsm but he also goes in the walker for an hour in the morning too.

 

What are you feeding her?

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Tired Youngster

My filly is 3 and just being backed at present.  She finds it all rather tiring too, and will often come in to the stable after her session and literally get into her bed for half an hour (but then she always did like her bed haha!) even if her food is being served.  She then gets back up all bright and has her tea and is her normal self again - I would say it's just the fact that she's now carrying weight on her back and using muscles she'n not used to.  She is turned out all day at grass and in at night with haylage, she's not getting any extra feeding just now as her weight is at optimum levels and I don't want to put too much weight on her being so young.

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Valkyre

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Valkyre says:

Re: Tired Youngster

Thanks for the replies guys, turns out she was just super unfit! Still puffs occasionally up the steeper hills when hacking, but after a quick rest she's good enough to go. Been doing a lot of hacking and schooling since my last post, which has just made the biggest difference. ^.^

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