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post #1 of 4 Old 01-31-2014, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Smile struggling with horses topline at wither area

Hi guys im new to this :)

I have a 16hh 13 year old warmblood which i have been riding about 8 year and my best mate had owned him and i bought him off her about a year ago but shared him with her for about four years :)

My problem is im struggling to build up his top line mainly at wither area which is making it difficult for me to have a saddle fit him unless i get a saddle made for him. I had a physio up at him on sunday as his back end was not working correctly and turned out he a quite alot of sore points of muscles but i had said about his wither area being like that since he first came to us 8 years ago and she had said about th muscles being basically dead and she done a bit of treatment to get the blood flow going back through the muscles properly again so its just a bit of advice on how to get the topline built i know about pole work hill work etc but anymore tips you guys could give me to help get it built back up quickly

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-31-2014, 02:50 PM
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Does the saddle you use now fit him properly? Because he will have a hard time using and building muscles if the saddle is digging into him. If his back is "dead" maybe invest in a back on track pad or back warmer. It will help improve circulation, which in turns helps the muscles.
Trot poles, hills, doing long and low exercises that stretch his back are all good. It takes time to build a topline. I wonder if it isn't a conformation thing with him more then anything if he has been rode for awhile and no improvement?
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-31-2014, 11:28 PM
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I think his saddle is probably too narrow. Happens quite often. My WB has decent withers but is huge width wise. One saddle fitter wanted to put him in a medium tree and I just laughed, he is an x wide tree and is still doesn't touch his withers. High withers doesn't equal a narrow saddle.

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-02-2014, 12:57 AM
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I agree, the tack is the first thing you should check- make sure his shoulders have enough room too- even if the saddle does not pinch while standing, the shoulders need room to move in order to extend and use the back.

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