"Sculpting" a Yearling's Neck?

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"Sculpting" a Yearling's Neck?

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    04-04-2013, 05:01 PM
Green Broke
"Sculpting" a Yearling's Neck?

So, Henny has an awkward neck. He naturally has a low head carriage and his neck looks fine then. But when he picks his head up, he looks like some kind of funky giraffe. So how can I work the muscles in his neck to where he can hold his head up higher without looking so awkwardly ewe necked? Keep in mind he is just a yearling so any workout regimen cannot have an impact on his joints.

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    04-04-2013, 07:43 PM
You can put a neck sweat on him & lunge him, other than that, it's his confo, it's the way his long neck comes out at the top of his shoulder.
    04-04-2013, 07:47 PM
Green Broke
Yeah that's what I was thinking about his confo, his neck ties in a little odd at his withers. But then again, some of that could be the lack of proper muscling. I don't wanna lunge him at such a young age and I think a neck sweat would make his neck even scrawnier. Hmmm... :/
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    04-04-2013, 07:50 PM

I dunno, I think Lily could give Henny a run for his money with the yearling giraffe neck xD

I back Lily up hills. Every time she "gives" her head into her chest and rounds up her back, I release. It helps build the topline/base of the neck. Now she's very contientious about "dropping" or "giving" her head at pressure on the leadrope.
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    04-04-2013, 09:00 PM
Green Broke
LOL! Henny is not alone! I soooo wish we had hills here, cause I'd be doing that in an instant. Too bad the land is flat in coastal Texas. :/ My dad has land in Kempner and it is literally a gently sloping hill. Wish I could used that place! Minus the cactus and tarantulas.
    04-04-2013, 09:11 PM
Is Henny gelded? I can't quite remember!
    04-04-2013, 09:12 PM
Strapping works pretty well. Though, I've never done it with a yearling before.
    04-04-2013, 09:17 PM
Green Broke
Yes, he was gelded in January.

What is strapping? Never heard of that term before.
    04-04-2013, 09:39 PM
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His neck is set on that way. When he muscles out , in time, it'll be less noticeable. Be patient for him to grow up and fill out. Horses at that age are really awkward looking.
    04-04-2013, 09:41 PM
noooooooooooo!!! He's a yearling-- if you go ta doin things that youd do on a developed horse its askin for trouble! Its best to wait till he's mature to start worryin about things like that.. in my opinion.

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