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post #1 of 12 Old 09-04-2012, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Need more building up.. Topline more so..

Well I got my DWB back in June this year and when I got her she was underweight and had lost all her tone (she had been left in the field for over 8 months and not used ect) So have been slowly building her weight up and she's getting there well, Its just her top line that needs more work.

I have had a physio out to her who has given a good lot of streatches to help and some lunge ideas too..But was wondering if anyone else has any good ideas and/or tips?..

She is also high withered which makes it look worse lol


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post #2 of 12 Old 09-04-2012, 07:55 AM
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Lots and lots of long and low... Hill work will strengthen it up as well.

I also feed a supplement called "topline X-tra". Its added to feed and its only a small amount but in 10 days you can see a difference!

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post #3 of 12 Old 09-05-2012, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Ooh might have to try that topline xtra, thank you :)

Yeh been doing long and low work with her.. Thank you for your suggestions :)
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Add some corn oil to the feed.
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Flaxseed oil is better for them than corn oil.

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what ever you can afford is good.
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Think I may have to give them both a try over time :) Thank you :)

Its a shame as in all the years I have know the horse I've never seen her so lacking with her muscles, can't wait to get her back up to her normal weight and muscle..

Its a shame cause she really misses not being able to do the work she normally does, she lives to work and have fun but untill she's built up more she's limited to what she's doing :)

At least she's getting loads of love and attention
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Since your horse is 12+ years it would be a good idea to have her teeth checked to see if they need floated. If she is not chewing up her hay or feed well she is not utilizing all the nutrients and will impact weight gain. Also take a fecal sample to make sure she is not wormy. A wormy horse will eat lots of feed but not gain any weight. The vegetable oil is really good for a horse. You can put it on their grain or if I don't have the best quality hay I will put the oil in a hand spray bottle and mist it on their hay. My horses tend to eat the long stem hay and leave the fines behind. If you mist the vegetable oil over the fines they will clean it up and lick the bottom.
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Horses are no different than humans. After their prime they start to loose muscle tone. Easy keeper horses don't show the muscle tone loss as quickly as hard keepers.
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Certainly make sure that health wise she is 100%. She should be a good weight, teeth in good condition etc. And yes I agree that oil will help.

Just bare in mind that long and low is very, very hard work for a horse with no muscle and little fitness - if ridden correctly. If you allow the horse to plop along on its front legs with it's nose dragging on the ground you're achieving very little except perhaps stretch the horse's neck a bit. A true long and low needs to be ridden with active hind legs and a swinging back, and the horse off the forehand. Physically, this is very difficult and a big reason in why we don't ride young horses in long and low for a long time - until they have built the muscle and balance to hold this position for short periods of time.

Right now, I'd be more focussed on getting the hind legs motoring, than putting her nose on the ground. Keep the head and neck up - not hollow, but in a higher position, around level with the wither, and focus on driving her with those hind legs. Get her to release her back by riding forwards and giving her the opportunity to swing. A swinging back is a strong back - she will build topline quicker doing this, and feeding her any kind of fancy, expensive gimicky supplement.
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