Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
I did notice she's skinny, yes. I think that if she isn't showing any signs of soreness or lameness... it is just a result of lack of muscle. Perhaps you might want to slowly increase her grain and put her on free-choice hay if possible. Make sure she is getting plenty of water, and that she is wormed as well. (Talk to your vet if you're unsure how much food she should be getting). For muscle work, see if you can put her on a riding schedule. Try to ride or work her 3-4 times a week. Lunging is a great exerciser, but of course it doesn't substitute for riding. Do lots of flat work with her -- tons of transitions, serpentines, bends, circles, etc. Think about engaging her hind end so that her back lifts. Work her long and low, and concentrate on her back end. As she engages her hind legs and moves underneath herself, her back will lift and her muscles will strengthen... slowly her topline will improve. It will take a while though, don't expect change right away. The key is consistency.
Hope this helps!
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