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post #1 of 17 Old 07-06-2010, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Building muscle

I've been exercising my horse more over the past month to help build his muscle back up and was wondering if there was some kind of supplement to help out. I came across this Muscle-Up powder and was wondering if it's worth trying. Is it safe? Is there something else out there that's better? Should I even try it at all?

Here's a recent picture of him. He has NO muscle as you can tell. His hip bones are also dirty so it makes it look like they're protruding more than they are. He's an Appendix QH. Also, he's not tied to my truck! Just had his lead rope through the loop on my tool box to make him think he was tied :].
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-07-2010, 08:06 AM
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what is his total diet now???

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #3 of 17 Old 08-12-2010, 06:18 PM
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What's your current exercise rigament? My number one opinion on building muscle is hill work. Whenever we find a hill on the trail we stay there for 20-30 minutes to work on building muscle. To build muscle however they need to be getting fed well too. Fat turns into muscle when worked. Here's the best comparison photos I have of my mare in roughly a month and a half...

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^The first "now picture" is gorgeous! I love her reflection in the lake. Sorry, off topic!
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post #5 of 17 Old 08-14-2010, 11:04 PM
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My number one opinion on building muscle is hill work. Whenever we find a hill on the trail we stay there for 20-30 minutes to work on building muscle. To build muscle however they need to be getting fed well too.
I agree. Nothing builds muscle faster than working hills (up and down) and a good diet.

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I've been feeding him half a cup of corn oil in the mornings to put more weight on him, and so far he's been gaining some. He's always been a hard keeper. That picture doesn't do much justice for him. I shouldn't have posted it. He looks a heck of a lot better than that in person. I'll get a new picture up soon. It's hard for me to ride a whole lot now, because I have a full time job working 9 to 6 Monday through Friday, a Sunday job, and I'm a full time college student. When I ride (maybe twice a week) I already do hillwork. There are several hills around my house. I have a little less than a year left of college, so by then I can quit my full-time job (it's for a work-based class for school) and pick up more hours on my Sunday job, which allows me to bring my own horses to guide the trail rides.

Mliponoga, your horse is beautiful!

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For his diet now, I give him a scoop of Gold Chance 10 in the mornings and evenings (each scoop equals 8 cups) and free choice hay. There is grass in the pasture, but not a whole lot. He also gets 1/2 cup of corn oil in the mornings as I mentioned earlier.

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You can't get muscle without proper work. I know how hard it is to keep a horse in shape while working, going to school and having other life obligations. Feeding him more will just make him fat. Supplements without work to back them up isnt going to do much. Can anyone else ride for you?
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You can't get muscle without proper work. I know how hard it is to keep a horse in shape while working, going to school and having other life obligations. Feeding him more will just make him fat. Supplements without work to back them up isnt going to do much. Can anyone else ride for you?

He actually needs a little bit more fat on him now, so that's why I'm feeding the corn oil. It's not going to be a totally permanent thing, though. At some angles you can see ribs, and at other angles he looks great. Makes me so frustrated! I just need to do lypo on my other horses and get Toby a transfusion . Haha. This quarter of school is especially hard because I loaded up on classes, but next quarter will be a little easier because I'll be done with core courses. So hopefully I'll be able to fit in 4 days a week. (New quarter starts middle of next month). I really don't like others riding him on a regular basis, but there is one girl who I would let because her riding style is very, very similar to mine, but she's headed to college two hours away.

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Here's a better picture of him. This was taken at an angle where he looks great! Haha
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