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 un
sensitive 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.