Katie Gets Some Exercise

28 Oct

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Katie is finally back, since this is her blog.  I took her out of the pasture to ground drive her and found out she is so fat her harness won’t fit.   So I lunged her (made her trot around the round pen) and had her jump a few jumps.  Then we went for a walk up the road for the first time in months.

She turned into a snorting, prancing little fireball.  Things that she walked past two months ago without batting an eye now required hyperventilating.  This is one reason why Katie did not become my driving horse.

In contrast, I took Macho the mini gelding down the road and he walked past tall grass, decaying tomato plants and a shrub without fear.  He even ignored the goat.  Katie bumped her nose on my hand and calmed down enough to walk with energy and snorting but no really bad behavior.

Katie needs to lose about 25 lbs in order to fit into her harness.  She has been eating more than her share of the hay since Macho eats slower due to his senior teeth.

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6 Responses to “Katie Gets Some Exercise”

  1. Carol Weinstock October 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    Katie needs to learn moderation. 🙂

    • A New Path October 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      She’s working on it 🙂 I think.

  2. The Dancing Rider October 29, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Bet Katie is tired now. We’ve got a second generation lesson horse at our barn 16.1 quarter horse mare, and she is HUGE. Every single year she is put into a stall to “diet”. She hates being alone of course. Then, when anyone takes her out to groom or tack her up, she grabs at even the smallest piece of greenery she sees. I bet she’s always hungry!

    • A New Path October 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      It is so hard with the easy keepers!

  3. Sparrowgrass October 29, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    I’m sure the snorting and prancing burned extra calories 😉

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