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post #1 of 11 Old 09-27-2013, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Building up a top line

My gelding was a fatty when I got him. He has been on a diet and exercise regime since. But he is losing weight in all the wrong places. He lost his top line, his rump and his neck, but his gut is still huge. Is there something I can do to add muscle to these places?
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-27-2013, 03:02 AM
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If I remember correctly, did you not have some concerns on the saddle fit.? That can create some of what you ar seeing.
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Hills and long trotting build top line.
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If I remember correctly, did you not have some concerns on the saddle fit.? That can create some of what you ar seeing.
Yeah, but we changed out the saddle already. The new one fits him nicely.
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Do you have hills?
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Yeah, a few on the trails, but they are in extremely rocky areas or other rough terrain so trotting there is not ideal.
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Yeah, but we changed out the saddle already. The new one fits him nicely.

Did you buy a new saddle? Once he gets his topline back- won't you have to find a different one? Or will that not matter?

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Did you buy a new saddle? Once he gets his topline back- won't you have to find a different one? Or will that not matter?
No, just swapped it out with another saddle I found up in the hay loft. Once he builds up his top line and gets where we want him weight wise, I am getting a Pat Parelli saddle. I can't wait!
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If you have no hills where you can long trot up, just long trot and really get your horse to use his hind end by using really your seat to push him.

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If you have no hills where you can long trot up, just long trot and really get your horse to use his hind end by using really your seat to push him.
We have been doing a lot of trotting in the ring. Unfortunately I hurt my knee yesterday dismounting. How, I have NO idea. Somehow the toe of my boot got tangled in the stirrup, again don't ask me how, and my knee popped. Now it's all swollen and it hurts. I tried trotting today, and well, yeah it's going to be a few days on that. But thanks for the input :)
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