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post #11 of 16 Old 02-03-2012, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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here are a few pictures i just took of him today.

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post #12 of 16 Old 02-03-2012, 08:35 PM
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would hill work help with gaining muscle in the hip/back area? ill try to get pictures of him to show what i am talking about.
Yeah, if he's lacking muscle because of lack of exercise, but there could be an underlying injury or such that is at the bottom of the prob.
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-03-2012, 08:43 PM
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Hill work, trotting over poles, backing up, lunging in side reins. Muscling will improve the horse. He looks like he's at a good weight, just needs that muscle now. Watch that when you work him, he doesn't start loosing because he's burning calories.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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Last reply before I saw pics... Yeah, while it's hard to tell through winter scruff, he doesn't look at all underweight to me, but does seem to have a problem in the sacro/hips area. It doesn't look like muscle atrophy so much though, as his gluteal muscles look nice & rounded. **I am not a bodyworker, so this is but a semi-educated guess based on that one pic & my experience. Out of interest, how are his feet balanced? Are his hinds much higher on the inside? I've had success with bodywork helping to change this conformation on a horse I've had, who had a rump like that despite being fat.

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Last reply before I saw pics... Yeah, while it's hard to tell through winter scruff, he doesn't look at all underweight to me, but does seem to have a problem in the sacro/hips area. It doesn't look like muscle atrophy so much though, as his gluteal muscles look nice & rounded. **I am not a bodyworker, so this is but a semi-educated guess based on that one pic & my experience. Out of interest, how are his feet balanced? Are his hinds much higher on the inside? I've had success with bodywork helping to change this conformation on a horse I've had, who had a rump like that despite being fat.
actualyl after this past farrier visit i have decided to find a new farrier due to lack of ability in my opinion from the previous farrier (his feet are starting to flare like they have never done before) it wouldnt suprise me if they were a little off. Would this cause the muscle issues in the back?
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Also i was doing some research on muscle building supplements on smartpak.com and was wondering would this benifit him any or would it just be a waste of my time and just stick with the exercise?

By the way we did a 15 minute excersise on the hills today at a walk/trot. I felt so bad for him as for in the 15 minutes he was already getting to a sweat and had a little labored breathing toward the last few minutes. Poor baby. Plan on doing walk/trot up hill 15 minutes a day (only 4 days a week) and our normal 15 minutes of normal walk/trot lunging/no hills (twice a week)
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