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    05-25-2012, 10:42 PM

How does my horse's muscling look? I have been working on building her up over her neck/back and I think she is looking better but I don't have access to a lot of good horsey opinions right now! Any ideas on what I can do to improve her?
Ps she's a thoroughbred
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    05-26-2012, 10:03 AM
Here is another one of her back, sorry the pictures arent great!
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    05-27-2012, 04:09 AM
I think her muscling is getting there. She has room for improvement but I like seeing she has a nicely muscled neck, rather than an upside down neck (like in my avatar.) When she works hard on those muscles, adding more hay into her diet is a good option since she's burning a lot of calories.
    05-27-2012, 08:40 AM
Thanks for your advice!! She was like 100+ lbs underweight in Feb but is looking a lot better now that the grass has come in (shes out on pasture for 10 hours a day). She also gets 1 full scoop of LS Sentinel 2x/day and like 4 flakes of hay at night. Im glad you think her neck is getting there!
Thanks :)
    05-27-2012, 08:43 AM
Well you're doing a great job with her :) Can't wait to see her in a few months time!
    05-27-2012, 09:05 AM
Thanks! I hope to have a trainer soon but it is hard to find one when you don't know anyone
But im glad she doesnt look horrible to you! She definitely looks better too me with some more weight on her!
    06-01-2012, 11:12 AM
Any other opinions/ideas?? :)
    06-04-2012, 11:33 PM
I think she looks like she is well on her way, and agree with the other reply.

For muscling, trot trot and more trot. And when you think you are done, trot some more. Build up in increments so your horse has time to condition (start with just 10 - 15 min depending on how fit she is now) and then added 2-4 minutes per workout every other to every third workout. And stop cantering. For a few reasons.

1) canter burns more calories than it builds muscle, while trotting builds more muscle while burning less calories when compared to the canter
2) horses develop a better canter by doing better trot, not by cantering more, so by taking a break from cantering, when you come back to it, you will be amazed with the improvement
3) lots of bending and changing direction and working on a light rein contact will do wonders for also helping her balance and relax and again help her canter in the long run
4) all that trot work will build amazing topline and muscling

Pictures to prove it:
Sky, aged 4, just off the track going through "letdown"

Sky, age 7, after a few years of remuscling (notice neck still very thick/upside down):

Sky, age 11, schooling at a show:

Sky, age 14 (this year) widest he has ever been - at a hunter pace/horse park:
    06-04-2012, 11:43 PM
Here's also an additional link

Stretches (and muscle building) for your horse

Also the other poster has the same horse name as my boy.. very strange lol!
    06-05-2012, 10:22 AM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Here's also an additional link

Stretches (and muscle building) for your horse

Also the other poster has the same horse name as my boy.. very strange lol!
lol Sky came with the name Sky Wars (JC name). We compete as Sky's the Limit
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