OK, so my friend has a pony called Louie who's a welsh hill pony and is 28. He currently is permanently turned out but most days she comes up and trots him round his field a few times (she's a cross country runner). We've decided to bring him out of his semi-retirement to being regularly ridden and hopefully to some competitions (probably dressage as jumping might be a bit much) by September. He's quite fit and our plan is to start him bareback and lunging him with tack on (not for very long) and then moving him onto riding fully and gradually increasing the exercise and training so his fitness and stamina levels as well as skill will improve or return. First few competitions will probably be novice to see how he copes and then if he's alright continue moving forwards but nothing too much. I don't have much experience with older horses as i own and am always but in charge of younger ones. Any suggestions on training / feed plans or tracking and schooling? Any advice you have is welcome!!!