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    10-16-2013, 04:53 AM
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Weanling
Thumbs up building the back muscles on a neglected horse

Ok so many of you know rogue my mustang mare she is a rescue horse I've had for a little over 3 months now and vet said yesterday she is getting a good weight for the time it has been and wants me to exercise her up build her back muscles up and im looking for sugestions tips and ideas

now to note! I am not riding or saddleing her! I don't want to use a saddle until her back is healthy and well built so please post your ideas and suggestions


     
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    10-16-2013, 04:57 AM
  #2
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I personally would not work her until she is in a better condition with a lot more flesh on her. Then I would start with long reining exercises, they are great for gentle work and good for back muscles
     
    10-16-2013, 05:03 AM
  #3
Weanling
The vet floated her teeth monday and wants me to start exerciseing her to help build her up anything I do wont be more than a few minutes a day

How should I use the reins? Like ground driving?
     
    10-16-2013, 05:24 AM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by darkiss4428    
the vet floated her teeth monday and wants me to start exerciseing her to help build her up anything I do wont be more than a few minutes a day

How should I use the reins? Like ground driving?
In my experience ground driving puts the horse in a position, where it has mental stimulation, easy work, the head usually is low set, in frame most the time. However, I disagree with your vet. Working a horse this skinny, even for 10 minutes a day is not necessary. If he has a field and a buddy to run with, she will build something herself.
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    10-16-2013, 05:51 AM
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Weanling
My chiropractor showed me how to work the back muscles standing still, kind of like a reverse sit up. Take a stiff brush or little nail you may have to experiment but what you do is go from their between their front legs and run the item along their belly and the goal is to get them to pick their arch their back, and hold it for a second, then do it again. Start out with three to five reps and add a little every day. My horse knows to pick himself up with the touch of my thumb up under his barrel. I do it before I ride, and if I don't ride I do it about ten times while I am grooming, before I turn him out.
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    10-16-2013, 06:15 AM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by gssw5    
My chiropractor showed me how to work the back muscles standing still, kind of like a reverse sit up. Take a stiff brush or little nail you may have to experiment but what you do is go from their between their front legs and run the item along their belly and the goal is to get them to pick their arch their back, and hold it for a second, then do it again. Start out with three to five reps and add a little every day. My horse knows to pick himself up with the touch of my thumb up under his barrel. I do it before I ride, and if I don't ride I do it about ten times while I am grooming, before I turn him out.
A huge plus to this - there are plenty of easy stretching exercises to do without exhausting the horse. I feel grateful to be reminded of this as well - I had forgotten that I wanted to start stretching, and especially raising the back of my 3 yr old who also needs to start building muscle.
     
    10-16-2013, 06:18 AM
  #7
Weanling
What are some of these streaches? And ill try the brush thing im not trying to over work or strain her but to help build her up where I can and if you can post a video on these streaches and how to do them I would love it thanks
     
    10-16-2013, 06:18 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Or even general carrot stretches wouldn't hurt, I don't think anyway :)
     
    10-16-2013, 07:56 AM
  #9
Weanling
Part of why rogue is so thin is she has no muscles built up im happy she is nolonger a walking skeleton and you almost can't see her ribbs at all anymore I will try the streaching and still welcoming any ideas I do like the ideas of the steeaches I was on youtube a bit ago and will start when I go this morning to feed
     
    10-16-2013, 08:02 AM
  #10
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Originally Posted by darkiss4428    
part of why rogue is so thin is she has no muscles built up im happy she is nolonger a walking skeleton and you almost can't see her ribbs at all anymore I will try the streaching and still welcoming any ideas I do like the ideas of the steeaches I was on youtube a bit ago and will start when I go this morning to feed
In time, with your continuing care, she will get fatter with just the exercise of normal turnout without needing to build muscle with work, but I think the stretches are a great idea, especially the one under the tummy that lifts the back.
     

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