I now do 99% trail riding and my horse's top line is in great shape. If all you are doing is ring work then that could be the problem but out on the trail, my horses use all their muscles having to negotiate obstacles and terrain all at different speeds.
Then I'm doing something wrong... Could you please explain what do you mean with ring work? I struggle with english when it comes to new horse term.
Tnx, Sahara, I'll do more with poles, this is a really good idea. I didn't do it since last summer, and I really enjoy this.
Any other things, anyone, to work on my mare's topline?
I'll take a pic today, you'll see how she looks.
And one more question. When you work with a horse that isn't fit, that was out of work for awhile and lacks muscles, how long/hard do you work him and when do you know you have to stop?
I'm working with her now for about 45minutes a day, walk and trot. I'm still trotting only on flat ground and only walk on hills, but I wonder when I'm safe to work her more. I usually stop when she starts sweating and then it takes another 10 minutes to cool her down. Am I doing too much/too little?