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post #21 of 85 Old 02-06-2014, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Light lunging really helps my thoroughbred gain weight, it also isn't just fat but nice toned muscle that forms. I usually just trot each side for 5 minutes then canter each side for 2.
Once she has gained some more, hill work really helps the top line! Just walking up hills on the trail really helped my mare's top line. We also did stretches like the carrot stretch on both sides, then out in front of her and then making her bow after every lunging session and after every ride. The top line is always the first to go and hardest to gain back unfortunately.
My horse needs a lot of weight but I want it to be nice healthy weight not just fat? So lounging does help but how much would you do in her shape?
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Idk if anyone suggested it, but long lining is GREAT exercise without going round and round in little circles all the time.
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Slide, I am so glad you said that. I was reading the whole thread hoping to see that, and intending to add it if not.

Ground driving is so much more beneficial than lunging, IMO. You can regulate not only the speed and exercise better, but you can encourage the horse to use themselves better, working on the muscles you want to develop....like the topline.

I wouldn't work the horse to exhaustion, though. Just work slowly, but efficiently.
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Slide, I am so glad you said that. I was reading the whole thread hoping to see that, and intending to add it if not.

Ground driving is so much more beneficial than lunging, IMO. You can regulate not only the speed and exercise better, but you can encourage the horse to use themselves better, working on the muscles you want to develop....like the topline.

I wouldn't work the horse to exhaustion, though. Just work slowly, but efficiently.
I have never done ground driving? How do you do that?
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Ground driving or long lining is like driving a horse without the cart. You can make your horse use it's body way better using long lines, brush put on turning, collection, etc

Young Horse Management: Ground Driving Techniques - YouTube
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My horse needs a lot of weight but I want it to be nice healthy weight not just fat? So lounging does help but how much would you do in her shape?
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Like someone else said, don't work her until exhaustion. She needs all the calories she can get so working them all off wouldn't help at all. 5 minutes trotting and 2 loping really isn't that much, I use it to warm up all of the horses that I train. You could probably even skip the loping and trot 3.5 minutes each side and build up from there.
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For a thousand pound performance horse at maintenence level should receive 2 2 1/2 to 5 lbs a day. If you are feeding 8 quarts a day you are just shy of ten pounds and that is a lot. They only recommend ten pounds for performance horses in moderate to heavy work. Or broodmares. That may by went she is acting hot. She may be getting to much.
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For a thousand pound performance horse at maintenence level should receive 2 2 1/2 to 5 lbs a day. If you are feeding 8 quarts a day you are just shy of ten pounds and that is a lot. They only recommend ten pounds for performance horses in moderate to heavy work. Or broodmares. That may by went she is acting hot. She may be getting to much.
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It's only 2 scoops twice a day?
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That's why it's meant to be fed by weight and not scoops...
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If this horse at the weight is acting hot, cut down the grain supply. She is burning up calories from her roughage (hay, beet pulp) that she needs to regain her body weight. She doesn't need any forced exercise, she needs to heal.
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