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post #11 of 17 Old 08-15-2012, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for posting my pics, my sweet hubby says I'm computer challenged and I'm sure he is right. Thank you for the advice, I'm upping his ration and might add some other protein and fats. Right now I give him Purina Strategy but I might not be giving him enough of that even. So much to learn, I'm reading everything I can about horses, feeding, exercise, care, etc. I smiled at the suggestion of walking him on "hills", unfortunately no hills here in South Louisiana :)
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-15-2012, 11:33 AM
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I smiled at the suggestion of walking him on "hills", unfortunately no hills here in South Louisiana :)
I'm trying to remember if this is right, somebody help me out here. If you don't have hills, I think you can get similar benefits from walking your horse backwards over trot poles on the ground.
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I've also heard that working him in side-reins can help too if you are lacking hills, but I was hesitant to suggest those as I don't know how to use them and I wouldn't want anyone else to try them if they didn't know how to properly use them.

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I'm trying to remember if this is right, somebody help me out here. If you don't have hills, I think you can get similar benefits from walking your horse backwards over trot poles on the ground.
Trot poles and cavaletti when they're ready for them are good ways to build topline. Any exercise that requires the horse to lift his belly/round his back would be good.
Backing will do it, but too much can be hard on the hocks.
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With a TB the gullet size is only a part of fitting a western saddle. Because of their rib cage the bars on the tree usually need to be at a steeper angle. Most western saddle trees don't have the bars angled to accommodate a TB horse.

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post #16 of 17 Old 08-16-2012, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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just a thought

I was checking out some of the inexpensive saddles on line and I noticed that many of the negative comments had to do with the angle of the bars being to tight/high. high/tight semi bars sounds like what I might need when he has put on some weight. Just a thought
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When you get him to the right weight use an artists curve...its a flexible bendable but stiff tool artists use to lay over his whithers then pull it off and trace the curve then go shopping! I totally agree with cowchick. Most TBs won't fit semi or full quarter bars. I seriously spent two years looking for a good fit for a TB and found walking horse bars worked. I'm not an advocate of an ill fitting saddle padded up with a fancy pad either. Get a good fit. My friend that I talked about before went with an inexpensive synthetic with walking bars and her horse loves her now.
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