How to transition your horse from “pasture potatoe” to “good citizen” in the spring.

Alright it’s that time of year when we pull out our mud ball that’s covered in shedding hair and smells like an old boot into the barn to start riding. Summer prep has begun!

First let’s make the horse more comfortable and for Pete’s sake smell better. Lunge the horse until it’s sweaty, don’t worry it won’t take long. Then it’s bath time! Bathe with medicated shampoo to rid their skin of all the free loading nasties they’ve collected over winter. I prefer Aloe medicated shampoo. It cleanses with bedadine properties and soothes with Aloe. You’re horse will be less itchy and irritable once they are put back into work.

Lunge daily for a week until the horse is sweaty then hose them off and call it a day. Do this for a week or two depending on the condition of said “pasture potatoe”. Some horses need more prep before riding to find their brain.

Once your horse is used to lunging routine then you can start riding. Remember to ease them into it they’ve been used to the mellow lifestyle so it’s best to bring them back to work gradually to avoid stress or injury.

Enjoy the summer, Be safe and have fun 🙂

Published by Jillian

I specialize in problem horses, youngsters, horse rehabilitation and achieving softness and a better relationship between horse and their rider. I not only train horses but humans as well. Not your typical riding lesson but I can, if you so choose, teach you to train your horse! I’m always available to help answer questions or share photos or videos upon request to better illustrate my advice. I’ve mastered the “don’t break the bank” way of keeping your horse healthy and cared for while on a budget. If you walk into almost any large barn in Oregon you’re bound to meet a horse I trained or sold! I’ve trained over 623 horses and counting! I post updates as I receive them from clients and buyers. Thank you for taking the time to browse and hopefully learn something new!

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