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post #1 of 7 Old 09-05-2009, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Question Muscle toning conformation

Ok so I have been riding Dana about six weeks at least twice a week with a mixture of flatwork and trails. The first is a before taken as I said about six weeks ago the second was taken less than a week ago. And yes I know her neck lacks some tone but getting her on the bit, especially on trails can be tricky and I dont like forcing a horse to hold a postion just coz it looks good and everyone says you should. She is controllable on a loose rein and it gives her a chance to move freely.
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She looks alot better. Her roach back is less noticable and her hay belly is much smaller. Her neck could use a little bit more muscle but I wouldn't stress about it too much. Some horses are just not meant to be all muscled out like a QH.

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^^I agree she is looking good!

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Thanks. Im glad she's not meant to muscel up like a QH coz she's a TB. Even my farrier thinks shes a QH LOL and he is always shoeing TB's at the local studs

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Ok so I have been riding Dana about six weeks at least twice a week with a mixture of flatwork and trails. The first is a before taken as I said about six weeks ago the second was taken less than a week ago. And yes I know her neck lacks some tone but getting her on the bit, especially on trails can be tricky and I dont like forcing a horse to hold a postion just coz it looks good and everyone says you should. She is controllable on a loose rein and it gives her a chance to move freely.
So what do you think?

Your horse does look better ! But I have to disagree with ur comment about collection. I think you are a bit uneducated on the topic and the benifits for your horse.

The development of Collection in our horses serves as something more than just a task in a dressage test or western horse show. The purpose of collection is to keep our horses sound and comfortable throughout their lives and to enable them to carry a rider with the least amount of effort.
So what is collection?
Basically it is this: helping the horse to round his back, lighten his front end and carry a larger percentage of his weight over his hind end.
Riders will forever debate the position of the legs, the activity of the seat or back, and the proper use of the reins, however on this point they will all agree - the surest way to eventually lame a horse is to ride him on the forehand with his back hollowed out.
Collection comes in varying degrees from a slight backward weight shift to an extreme of literally standing on the hindquarters (called levade in dressage). There are numerous ways to begin developing collection in our horses. Again there are debates, but it is commonly agreed that lateral work is needed to strengthen the hindquarters and in order to do proper lateral work the rider needs to be able to gain control of the hindquarters.

^^^^ Hense the reason she has muscled up in the shoulders and not in the back or hindquarters and explaines the slight upside down neck .



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Nah I didnt mean collection. I use collection in training myself but what I meant is how some riders force their horses into a very uncomfortable neck position with the means of double bridles, rolkur and the like. There is a difference. I understand both are good if used correctly (but often arent) but I prefer to let Dana hold her own way especially out on trails. As with flatwork and jumping I hold a loose head postion with her.
Thanks for the tips though.

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