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?