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    01-02-2013, 11:38 PM
Yay something else to try :) as soon as my girl gets bored she tunes out and stops listening. She isn't bad just ditzy and air headed but Only when she is bored. Otherwise she's super smart and attentive. She definitely has her own personality LoL

I'll post progress pics as we go along too...
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    01-02-2013, 11:48 PM
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Gee. I saw the title and thought I was going to learn what to do with MY belly since I can't ride anymore. Oh well.
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    01-02-2013, 11:53 PM
Originally Posted by Cherie    
Gee. I saw the title and thought I was going to learn what to do with MY belly since I can't ride anymore. Oh well.
I've been tempted to click on this thread since I first saw the title! Let's see...ground work, jogging up hills, trotting over poles, tickle my, my HORSE'S belly....I dunno. Seems like a lot of work. How about one of those things they advertise on late night TV...

Sorry. Back to topic for the younger folks. I was trying to explain to my wife yesterday that all those G forces I pulled flying fighter aircraft had stretched my skin, but she keeps saying I'm getting OLD! Silly wife...she must be getting senile!
    01-02-2013, 11:56 PM
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Yeah, I hate to imagine what my horse thinks of MY saggy belly!

In any case, I just wanted to reiterate here that to bring the belly up, the horse engages the belly muscles NOT the back muscles. Engaging the back muscles would shorten the back (make it drop downward) and would thus make the belly sag more.

My little mini rant.

Cavaletti are very good for this. You can run along beside your horse and work on your own belly at the same time.

Backing up uses belly muscles, if done correctly. Train horse to stand its front legs on a very solid pedestal. This is good for back and belly.
    01-03-2013, 12:01 AM
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Husband says he has 'chest of drawers disease'. Actually, his chest just fell into his drawers.

Bsms -- maybe that is your problem?

Back to subject at hand now. I somehow don't think this is it.
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    01-03-2013, 12:09 AM
Thanks for the laugh guys

I could afford to lose some weight LoL I needed a workout partner or at least that's my excuse ;) Guess I found one

I will be trying cavaletti and staying away from belly stretches :)
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    01-03-2013, 04:32 AM
To each their own Tiny-I will go with what worked for me and my guy, and the people actually educated in this type of stuff recommend. If you actually try it, you can see it tightening all around, sort of like us doing Pilates for our core muscles. That works for MY saggy belly. Try it-it might just help.

Actually, the stretching of the back muscles leads to a saggier belly in horses (and people....) you need to strengthen those muscles, as well as the others. Same thing for strengthening my back.....
    01-03-2013, 12:30 PM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Train horse to stand its front legs on a very solid pedestal. This is good for back and belly.
My old girl has the saggy belly/weak topline problem too, I'm always looking for new ideas. I've tried all the suggestions here but don't see a whole lot of improvement, unfortunately- we're working with cavelleti now and I'm a bit hopeful this will be the best activity yet. One piece of advice based on my experience- for the belly tickle, my girl is decidedly unsensitive and her "tickle spot" is very far back on her belly- pressure from my hand isn't enough, so I use a hard plastic straw or even a hoof pick in order to get her to lift at all.

Tiny, can you explain more by what you mean above? Do you mean very literally just have them able to stand up on a stool or something like that? I'm not sure I'm understanding how/why that helps strengthen belly muscles.

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