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post #1 of 16 Old 07-23-2012, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Losing Topline?

I've noticed since summer started, my mares been losing her topline pretty rapidly, is it possible she's losing the muscle/fat from stamping at flies? I haven't changed the work we do, any ideas?

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post #2 of 16 Old 07-24-2012, 12:01 AM
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I doubt it - might be more to do with quality of pasture if you're having a dry spell. Do you have any before and after shots so we can assess it? Have you reduced her workload, changed her training or altered her diet? Have you done a fecal parasite count? Is it just the topline or is she actually losing weight?
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post #3 of 16 Old 07-24-2012, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Its just the topline, and no change in work, if anything she should be bulking up by the way she's working. We have had a really hot summer so far, 30+ humidex almost daily. The hay does look pretty bad lately, probably because of the heat..so it could be that..
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Have you checked the fit of the saddle?
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Any soreness issues? If she's working a lot, but not working correctly because of pain or training gaps, she could be losing topline because she's not actually using it like she ought to be. Otherwise: feed, vitamins/minerals, parasites, weight loss, etc.
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post #6 of 16 Old 07-24-2012, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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That's what I checked first and it still fits like a glove. :)
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Have you felt a difference in the way she's working? Is she hollowing her back more, failing to engage her back end or falling onto the forehand? Is she losing muscle all along the topline (crest, back, butt) or just one particular area?
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She's been using her back more lately! That's why I'm so confused...its really only her back that's losing muscle...then again comparing neck pictures I guess that's gone down a little too...
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-24-2012, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Come to think of it, we've been doing more forward jumper (as opposed to hunter) stuff and higher fences lately, maybe she's just not using herself correctly yet? Still adjusting? Maybe I'm still adjusting too :p
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Can you get us any pics of her as she is now, both ridden and untacked? Would make assessing the issue a bit easier
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