Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: on a farm, duh!
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.
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