Hey mods I think this needs to be in the horse health thread, FYI. (maybe? Check me on this)
Anyway what a cute dun mare. Yeah when it comes to building muscle slow is the only way you "can" do it. I could suggest a vitamin B-Complex supplement, but that's usually for horses working under strainious conditioning and really, it makes your horse "hot." however the above poster was correct in general field conditoning. Walking and trotting up hill at a forward posting trot will go a long way to "foundation" conditioning your horse. She's a QH right? So shell have little problem developing muscle if done correctly. When I foundation condition any horse I will do 5 minutes walking, then 5 trotting forward, then end on walking again. Remember like people your animal needs to rest between moments of strainious exercise. Especially if they're not used to working so hard. As your horse becomes more used to working and has beter endurance (doesn't sweat so hard, even breathing, ) you can work the. Up to cantering. Cantering is a great way to condition a horse as it involves them engaging their hindquarters (unless animal is used to hollowing its back or striding behind your leg) and arching their back. A rounder frame means a better conditioned horse with a willingness and ability to work harder. However carrying a frame or carrying themselves takes time, and like with any out of shape horse, you are going to have some hard rides ahead of you until the animal builds the muscle needed to carry itself. That's why working in short periods with walking in between is important.
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Last edited by SunnyBlack; 05-07-2012 at 03:39 PM.