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        06-18-2010, 06:41 AM
    Green Broke
    How long

    How long do you think it will take for my horse to gain muscle?
    I ride maybe two to three times a week one time is usually a trail ride and the others in the arena, trot work, transition and stuff.
    If I can't ride I will usually lunge.
    He is pretty underdeveloped in the muscle area and have only been keeping to this for a couple of weeks, but there are always those days where riding isnt an option.
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        06-18-2010, 06:48 AM
    It all depends on your horse, how long you ride for, where you ride, eta. Don't even think about it now, watch, one day you will go to the barn and look at him and say "wow he looks great".
        06-18-2010, 08:03 AM
    Green Broke
    Haha okay, I actually did that awhile ago took his rug off and was wow you look a little bit muscly :)
        06-18-2010, 03:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Get him working from behind, properly lifting his back and working all of his topline. Establish proper rythem and make sure he's "tracking up" through his hind end. This is the only way to correctly build muscle and a topline on a horse. Work up and down hills like this, not letting him fall onto his forehand. If you want him more conditioned you can start with trot sets. 10 minutes of trot, 5 of walk, 10 of trot, 5 of walk (all working from his hind end!), and then be done for that day. Then once that becomes easy, work him on a 5 warm up walk, 10 trot, 3 walk, 10 trot, 3 walk, 5 canter, 1 trot, 3 walk, 5 canter, 1 tort, cool out. It will take alot to get a horse to that stage though. AND that's what we do to keep our three day eventers in shape, so that might be a little drastic ;) Don't rush it though. Getting a horse in proper shape will take MONTHS. And seeing a difference is hard. Don't expect much at first, and just keep at it.
        06-18-2010, 04:15 PM
    Green Broke
    It would be cool if you could photos of him through out the time he is gaining muscle so we can see his transformation.

    With my mom's horse she was losing muscle because she wasnt out in the pasture(she had a baby and we had them in the long pen so the baby wouldn't get hurt by the other horses untill he was a little bit older and a little bit stronger). Anyways,she has been out there I would say 3 weeks? She has gained some of her muscle back but is a little ribby due to nursing. She is on pasture 24 hours,alfalfa,and she gets 6 scoops of LMF Development. It's food for weanlings,yearlings,peformance horses,and pregnant or lactating mares.
        06-19-2010, 04:28 AM
    Green Broke
    I have started taking photos but I am really bad at it as I always forget my camera :).
    I will try my best though.
        06-19-2010, 01:10 PM
    Green Broke
    Oh I'm the same. I am always promising pictures. I'm sure the people on here no it probably wont happen by now :) :P

    Take your time.

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