Originally Posted by beachfunbarbie5
He only does it when he walks. Trotting and canter it doesn't happen. He has done it for as long as I can remember (about 5 years) but recently it has gotten worse, especially the right hind. I had switched barns last March and they under fed him, he ended up being really thin and didn't look good. I moved him back to the original barn I had him at. I've been working with him building up muscles and putting weight back on him. He's been back about 4 months and his hind end still needs work. That's kind of what I was wondering, if it could just be that he needs muscle build up or what.
What kind of exercises do you recommend to help build up his rear. Working hills, how many reps? I usually walk him up and down one 2x every other day
Odd thing to be only at the walk. Maybe you just aren't seeing it at the trot and canter? Take a video and slow it down -- might help. I can't see it being affected by muscle tone, quality or quantity. Sounds more like a joint problem to me. I would think that x-rays would give a lot of insight. Even a nerve block to determine how high up on the leg the problem is. Stifle and pastern problems are often mixed up. It happened with one of my guys.
I can't tell you how many repetitions to do -- I do what works for the horse at the time. How long and steep is the hill? How fit is the horse? How hot is the day? All things to consider. I would trot and canter him up and down the hills too if he's OK with it. Just make sure he is using his hind end, or you'll end up with one really lop-sided horse!