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    01-09-2011, 10:35 AM
Originally Posted by kstinson    
I am training a TWH right now and at a barn with about 6 show horses in the breed and they often use hills or dragging tires to develope those muscles.
I never heard of dragging tires to help develop those hind muscles. I will check that out. Thanks.
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    01-09-2011, 10:48 AM
Dragging heavy objects is a long used practice to help develop the musculature of the horse. To work the back end it can be a good idea, but only if the back end is, in fact, working.

So before you start pulling stuff ensure that the horse is moving correctly. Then add the weight.

    01-10-2011, 11:13 AM
Yes, you would definitely want to make sure that it isnt a chiro issue where the hips are out, as it will only hurt the muscle if you were to do dragging and hills while his back end needs realignment.

But if you have covered that base, then hills and dragging are very good for developing back end muscles.
    01-11-2011, 04:14 PM
A visit to the vet and then a chiro visit are in the works. I was planning to take care of it this week but the weather has shut everything down here for now. And school is starting up too. Plus I want to get some video of Blue and post it here and see if anyone can tell me what his gait is, whether he's switching gaits, etc. Sigh. There just isn't enough time, ever, to get it all done, when there're horses involved.
    01-11-2011, 04:20 PM
Very true. Better safe than sorry though, although horses are very hardy, best to know for sure before you challenge him with his gaits!
I'll be watching for some video!
    01-12-2011, 05:07 PM
I read through this thread, and agree with what everyone has said about trying to develop the gait, but I just have to say, some TWH's just aren't that gaited. I am not trying to be mean, just throwing another idea out there. All the hills in the world will not make an un-gaited horse gaited. Goodluck, and I hope this is not a pain issue for Blue.
    01-12-2011, 05:26 PM
Very true, so try some different excersizes and see if you get anywhere with it. Like Major says, you can't gmake an ungaited horse gaited. But any of those things shouldn't harm him in the process of trying if it isn't doing anything for it's gaits heis getting some excersize!
    01-18-2011, 10:53 AM
Having owned a TWH, your horse definitely sounds like he is in pain when he moves out in gait. Typically a TWH will reach under itself with the hind legs far enough to actually clip it's front fetloks or pasterns, mostly when at liberty/turn-out.
    01-25-2011, 03:56 PM
As someone else said, check your saddle fit. If you do not know how find someone that does.

If the saddle is OK then I think you have a horse that does not have the proper musle developement for gaiting and he has also figured out how to be lazy and get away with it. All of gaits you say he is doing are easier than racking. Dog walking is a four beat gait. Do it a lot, but pay attention to what the conditions are. Keep him from going in a straight line. Doing cirlces, serpentines, going over 4x4's, up and down hills, tall grass and sand are what you are looking for. He will have to use the muscles for a 4 beat gait doing these training exercises. Do not go any faster than he can go and stay in a four beat gait. I dogged walked a TWH 1.5 hours a day for 3 months before he could do a flat walk. It took 9 months before he could go wide open racking. He now racks to the barn at feeding time. If you are not sure if he is doing a four beat gait take him on a hard surface and listen to him. If is 1,2,3,4 not1,2...3,4. Take him out on a hard surface with a horse that does rack well. Your horse listening to the beat of the other horse will help him. Beleive it or not I have seen this work more than once.
    01-26-2011, 11:29 AM
Thanks to everybody, you've all given me a lot to think about.

I think the first step will be a saddle fitting, followed by a vet check and some chiro. Once he is cleared with all this, we'll start with the various exercises people have talked about.

Right now we're at a standstill, due to financial issues, bad weather, and school/illness. Most of that should be resolved in the not too distant future. I'm anxious to get going with all these suggestions now that I have a starting point!

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