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post #1 of 31 Old 04-25-2008, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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critique muscle wise

Here are some pictures of Sonny that I took just yesterday...what parts do you think I need to work on building muscles?








^^Then just a cute one of my and him haha

Thanks!

Also, please give me some suggestions on what I could do to gain more muscles in the parts that you think he needs more in.
I have a feeling his hindquarters need more muscling, and I'll definitely be working more on that...I have yet to do any trails with him..but when I do I'll make sure he trots up hills
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post #2 of 31 Old 04-25-2008, 12:09 PM
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Looks like he needs a couple more pounds.

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Mussle
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Looks like he needs a couple more pounds.

Then

Mussle
he's getting way more food than any other horse on here....he's getting 4-5 flakes per feeding.
Do you really think he looks underweight? He's always looked fat to me....I've always been able to see his ribs a bit...even before I bought him...and the vet said even then (when I did the pre-purcahse) that he waas over-weight.
I can up his food, but he is getting alot as it is
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the first picture it looks like you could see his ribs, but it could just be his coat pattern (how his hair is really)

Because in the other pictures he looks to be at a decent weight.

Maybe he needs more muscles on his top line and rump, but i'm not sure.
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the first picture it looks like you could see his ribs, but it could just be his coat pattern (how his hair is really)

Because in the other pictures he looks to be at a decent weight.

Maybe he needs more muscles on his top line and rump, but i'm not sure.
I think it's the way his fur is...I'll bring my tape weight thing and weigh him...that will hopefully solve some of this

How would I get more muscles on his top line? The rump I know trotting and cantering up-hill will solve most...I'd do jumping, which supposedly helps also, but I'm not a jumper and I don't like riding english anymore haha
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Yes, hill work is a good idea. To improve the top line, you need to get your horse to really engage his hind legs and lift his back when he's working, whether your riding, driving, whatever. There are lots of different ways to go about this: proper riding (working long and low), lunging with vienna reins, working over ground poles, etc.

Also, a properly balanced diet plays a big role...I like this article just because of the before and after pic...really neat to see what the proper nutrition can do for a horse:P
http://www.cyberhorse.net.au/cgi-bin...rshowsale1.txt
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that before and after picture was just amazing!

It looked like 2 different horses
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Wow that was a very nice transition!

Ride more, worry less.
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I'd like to see some more muscle tone on his hind quarters
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I will work on the hindquarters for muscle...how can I strengthen them and get muscle there if there are no hills available? Lately it's been kinda muddy and slippery on the trails so we haven't gone, so is there another way besides hills that would help?
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