Conditioning for muscle?
So I now have access to a wonderful trail system and am starting my Lizzy on conditioning. Her weight is up now and actually she has quite the belly now. But she lacks muscle, mostly along her top line and rear. We have worked really hard on keeping her head lower than the giraffe look and now she moves nicely with a lower headset. Not very low mind you as she is an arab but just low enough where she's not giving herself that upside down muscled neck. So how do I get her to work more from behind to work those butt muscles?
Also is there any kind of supplements that can help? She's already supplemented with magnesium. I'm not looking for the "muslce building" supplements but rather something that is supposed to provide all needed amino acids and other nutrients. She will be moved over to just pasture in about a week. She will be grained once a day once on pasture. I can have her fed twice if she really needs it but lets face it, she's fat on grass hay. The barn provides all Purina products so I will be putting her on the Enrich 32 to provide something to mix her supplements into.
Suggestions on supplements and conditioning exercises?
Oh I should mention my goal for this year is just a couple novice rides. I don't even know how she will do in a group and if I will be able to get her to stay calm enough. Next year, if this year goes well, I would like to get her on some 25-50 mile rides. Oh yea and she's 20. Best recent picture I have since her massisve weight gain lol. (We moved barns and the hay quality is exceptional and they are on it 24/7)