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    10-12-2013, 05:14 PM
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Foal
Horse Muscle

My 20yr old lease use to be kinda a school horse so he didn't get ridden much, so his muscle tone is down, which is why he can't canter long. I was wondering how you build his muscles up, I was thinking a lot of trotting! Any other ideas?
     
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    10-12-2013, 05:20 PM
  #2
Weanling
Trotting up hills, lots of pole work/cavalettis, and a proper diet. Protein=muscles. Since he is older, it may be more difficult to gain muscle tone. There are some supplements that can help with building it. :)
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    10-14-2013, 07:16 PM
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Foal
Thanks for asking this. I asked a similar question but didn't get any responses and then the thread got lost. The response for this helps me, too.

Also, A week ago I started my 2 Sr. Horses on Fat Cat (a high protein, amino acid supplement). Wondering how it will work. One of them has some physical limitation to exercise but the other one (who I just got recently) is as sound as can be and worked several times a week so it will be interesting to see how it works individually for each of them.
     
    10-14-2013, 07:20 PM
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Weanling
Just to add- Don't overwork the horses, work them into being trotted for extended amounts of time slowly, especially if they are older.
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    10-14-2013, 07:21 PM
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Trained
Long, low, steady work. Gradually build up the horse's stamina. Trotting is great, trotting circles is great, long trotting up small hills, knolls - The Bomb!
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