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post #1 of 3 Old 01-15-2012, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Feeds/supplements/excercises for topline?

Hi there
My horse, Dane is having some issues building muscle.He hasnt been in a great deal of work, but is getting tonnes of food, but still looks very poorly. This last week I have been away and he had it oof, and today when I got back I realised he had dropped off over the rump and back even more.He has plenty of fat on him, bit he rump is quite pointed and either side of his spine is -hollow?- if that makes sense?
Im assuming this is a muscle/topline issue, and am wondering what the best feeds and supplements (available in australia) and excercises are to help build him up.
The first thing I am doing is worming him tomorrow!
He currently gets:
no grain gold
extra cool
white chaff
green chaff

Please help! Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-15-2012, 02:39 PM
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Is your horse fed in a manger or hay net above their withers? This builds muscle under the neck, making horses look ewe necked, so, if you do feed higher than his withers, start feeding in a trough on the ground. Some people say unrefined coconut oil can help.. Also, trotting up and down hills and doing trot poles. Teaching your horse to be on the bit while backing up can work wonders.

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-15-2012, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks :)
He is always fed from a dish on the ground.
Ill have to make the effort to do more poles, but I will have to learn how to space them right!
And we have a big hill out on a trail ion the bush, so ill have to do that more often, now that I trust Dane enough not to try and kill me out there haha.
I cant get him to back up though. Even on the ground in his halter, he wont move backwards!!
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