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    10-16-2013, 08:17 AM
Yea im likeing the tummy streach idea I hope one day they never even think about the abuse they went through and they are on 24/7 turn out I don't like stalls unless its freezing or extreamly hot I also want them to eat as much grass and hay as posible
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    10-16-2013, 08:22 AM
Green Broke
Some one ages ago posted a really good description of that tummy stretch I'll see if I can find it for you
    10-16-2013, 08:38 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MoheganSun    
[*] "Back Lifts"
This is one of the most beneficial exercises I found for my mare; and very relaxing! As part of Mohegan's daily massage and yoga sessions, I began introducing back lifts to build the muscles in her back and teach her to hold the 'lifted' back position while standing still.
To do a back lift with your horse: Make sure your horse is very relaxed. A tense horse will not cooperate with you manipulating their body! Always warm up the horse's muscles before doing a back lift. To warm up, I love using cross-fiber massage- this is when you lightly rake your fingertips against the 'grain' or fiber of the muscle. So, as a horse's back muscles flow straight back from front to back, you must lightly rake from top to bottom:

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When you have warmed up the horse's back sufficiently, you can start with the back lifts. Place your hands under his girth area, hands in a clawlike position, and lightly circle your fingertips under his sternum. If done properly, this tickles the horse and causes him to lift his back. There should be a visible difference. Once he lifts his back, praise him with words and petting. Repeat this and have him hold it for five seconds. As his stamina builds, you can increase the hold to 20 seconds.[/LIST]
Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps you and your horse! Feel free to comment below with any questions. Happy Riding! [/B]
There's one I found but I'm sure it was another one.... Thought I had subscribed to it but can't find it
    10-16-2013, 08:53 AM
Thank you I like this how to im going to try it in a few minutes
    10-16-2013, 09:05 AM
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Just to show you the changes can happen with no are pics of my haffy

On arrival

18 days later

And 5 weeks later
    10-16-2013, 10:06 AM
Verry pretty horse!
And we just tried the back streaches she LOVED it! She was even makeing funny face when I scratched her belly I only did it a few times and she got a treat eavh time as well I will keep doing this since she liked it so well
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    11-01-2013, 08:54 AM
Starting to see improvement after only a few weeks of stretches and back massages! I have even started doing this to twitch for the fun of it he likes it too

    11-04-2013, 12:55 PM
I'm glad I read this post! I'm going to do this with my OTTB. He's 14 yo, 16.3 hands, he's got an exceptionally high wither, and his top line has dropped noticeably in the last couple years. This is awesome! Thank you so much for this post, and the great replies!
    11-05-2013, 01:27 PM
Updated pictures her back is looking good! I still don't ask her to hold it long just often

    11-05-2013, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by darkiss4428    
updated pictures her back is looking good! I still don't ask her to hold it long just often

I can't see much difference yet can you take photos looking down her back so we can watch the width and muscle improve

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