With indoor season looming and an unfortunately active kiddie lesson program at the barn, I am a little bit regretting getting Courage all strong and fit this year.
Last year, he could skip turnout for a week, get ridden occasionally, and just hack on the buckle around the indoor as nice as you please.
Unfortunately, that horse is not here this year. Courage is curvy and fit and PROUD OF IT. I don't love lunging horses down, because it's hard on their bodies and makes them more fit, but I also don't love being a human projectile into the side of the indoor and/or trampling children and the cute lesson pony.
So please share your wisdom here, blogosphere: what are your favorite strategies for horses that come out hot in the winter time?