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  • High head and hollow back at trot
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    02-15-2012, 01:21 PM
  #11
Weanling
As far as her feet go, I have a little mare who ever so slightly toes out on the hind. So very little that you have to really focus to see it. If my farrier gets her a hair off where she should be, she looks horrendous! How good of a trim the horse recieves has quite a bit to do with how their feet look.
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    02-15-2012, 01:32 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Slow down and try to get her to drop her head at the walk. Not all work need be done at the trot! Do you have hills? Can you LEAD her up hills, letter her head free? When she walks up the hill she will lower her head to lean into the hill and you will see a natural carriage.. and that is what you are looking for right now.

High head and hollow back are what you get when you "cowboy" the horse instead of laying a foundation.

Take a look at this:
The Horse's Ring of Muscles

And this:
http://www.equinestudies.org/ring_re...s_2008_pdf.pdf

When you are done reading the second article, read it again.. and again.. because that is what it is all about to rebuild your little Standardbred. The writer of that article has helped to rebuild several Standarbreds who were off the trotting track.. where the horse trots or paces with his head high and his back hollow.. for speed and so they do not 'break.'
     
    02-15-2012, 02:32 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by Elana    
Slow down and try to get her to drop her head at the walk. Not all work need be done at the trot! Do you have hills? Can you LEAD her up hills, letter her head free? When she walks up the hill she will lower her head to lean into the hill and you will see a natural carriage.. and that is what you are looking for right now.

High head and hollow back are what you get when you "cowboy" the horse instead of laying a foundation.

Take a look at this:
The Horse's Ring of Muscles

And this:
http://www.equinestudies.org/ring_re...s_2008_pdf.pdf

When you are done reading the second article, read it again.. and again.. because that is what it is all about to rebuild your little Standardbred. The writer of that article has helped to rebuild several Standarbreds who were off the trotting track.. where the horse trots or paces with his head high and his back hollow.. for speed and so they do not 'break.'
Amazing articles, printing them off for a more thorough perusal later.

Unfortunately, there are almost no big or long hills around here. I live in Indiana, and mostly around here it's just farm land. I can take her on trail rides, which are pretty hilly in the park. Would that be too much too fast and counter productive to proper muscular build up?

I will definitely get some cavaletti. I'm assuming the lower the better to begin with?

And less trotting, more walking. Got it. I haven't even tried to lope her yet. I know a lot of SB have difficulty with it. But either way, I'm trying to work slowly with her. Maybe I'm moving too fast.

Should I look into a supplement to help her build muscles? I have her on fairly low protein at the moment, because I work her so little. Maybe I should up that a bit?
     
    02-15-2012, 03:00 PM
  #14
Green Broke
The reason most standardbreds have difficulty with the lope is because they never had their "ring of muslces" activated first. You will see when you read it.

Riding up hills is as good as leading or driving. Get up into a two point position and let the horse go up. Walk first.. trot later.

Caveletti on the ground to start. Eventually raise them up when the horse gets good at them.

This will take weeks to get going.. and months to get really working for you.

Take your time.

Don't wast your money on supplements. If you need to add calories, add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of corn oil to his feed. You will probably need to add vitamin A to his diet (super 14 or some such) since corn oil can make Vitamin A less available to the horse.

And do take you time.....
     
    02-15-2012, 06:55 PM
  #15
Weanling
Just wanted to add that SBs are awesome, and definitely switch to a snaffle. As has already been said, pulling hard on their mouths is often counterproductive due to their training. I actually ended up riding my SB in a halter, she's a clever girl and they learn very quickly to respond to other aids rather than just mouth. :) Good luck with her, I think she's a cutie!
     
    02-16-2012, 03:19 PM
  #16
Foal
Added a video lunging her: Sassy Lunging - YouTube

Man, I can't wait until we can go outside and lunge. Such a small area really makes me dizzy.
     

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