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post #1 of 9 Old 04-13-2011, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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building mass in withers??

Alright, I've tried alot with Nikki trying to put a little more muscle on her withers..She is 11 and her withers are becoming more obvious.Not like hugely obvious but her being my horse, I see it and it annoys me...It bothers me very very very much..I know that it's not a weight issue and not a saddle issue (I've had my saddle checked to fit her)..She has a petite body and is kinda narrow..I've tried some supplements with no great effects..She has good feed, grazing, hay, mineral block, good water..I really can't figure out a way to try to build mass there..Is it bad that they are beginning to show more? Why do you think it's happening and what can I do to try to build muscle/fat there??

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-13-2011, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think it is possible to build weight in the wither region without making the horse really fat overall, and even then I don't know how successful it would be. I think it is more of a conformation issue.

I am not great with things like that, and I saw this post earlier and didn't reply as there are people here who know more - but as you bumped it 3 times I felt bad :)

Why does it bother you? Our elbows are bony and pointy, and I think that's just how it is with some horses.
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Hi there. What type of riding do you do? I'm by no means an expert, but from what I understand this type of muscle-building can only be accomplished by really working on the horse's top line. Also, if you're riding on the flat all the time, apparently down-hill work can really help this area. (Up hill helps develop hind-end muscle). Go for some hacks on varied terrain and get her using all her muscles!
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A picture would be helpful

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post #7 of 9 Old 04-14-2011, 11:00 AM
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I agree. The only thing I can think of is working the horse to build up muscle. Up and down hills as much as you can.

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ok..I'll have a picture up this afternoon..I run barrels..we do alot of long trotting around my place..lol it just bothers me..I am just really picky about it and i think it makes her look scrawny and all poking out..

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a picture will tell us a lot more about what you're dealing with. one person's definition of "obvious" withers may be nothing to the next person. the withers themselves though aren't something you can change the shape of as they are bone. you can build topline, neck and shoulder muscle but the amount of difference you will see in the appearance of the withers will always be dictated by the horse's individual conformation.
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