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post #1 of 4 Old 05-25-2013, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Arena Exercises?

I just moved my horse to a new barn. He has been doing light work since last March and I am ready to start show training. I want to start doing some exercises either under saddle or lunging to build muscle. I don't want to push it because he isn't used to hard work anymore so anything I can do under saddle or on the ground to help build muscle would be great! I would like to keep it fun, fresh, and non repetitive as much as possible!

I'm thinking of building a work out plan for him so we gradually get back to where we were and if anyone has ideas for that I'd appreciate it!

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-25-2013, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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I just wanted to add that we have a 100ft X 175ft arena with sand footing. He has a good body weight and very healthy just no muscle!

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-27-2013, 12:44 AM
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Try doing fun circle exercises. Make a circle, and each time you go around once, make it smaller. It has really helped build muscle and coordination in the pony I ride. Also, if you have ground poles, I would really recommend trotting or cantering over those. Hope this helped :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-27-2013, 12:06 PM
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A good muscle-improving exercise is riding transitions. trot-canter, walk-trot, and walk-canter if your horse responds good enough to your aids. Also transitions like collected trot-extended trot help build strength!
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