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post #1 of 11 Old 07-31-2009, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Back Strengthening Excerses

What exercises can I do to stregthen my geldings back? His topline is really weak. Suggestions?
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-14-2009, 02:34 PM
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I do carrot stretches with my horse
stand at his wither and hold a carrot or other treat and get him 2 stretch back 2 you and give him the treat. Then go around and do it to the other side. Then you can do this one in the picture
As your horse gets flexier you can move further back towards his hip and get him to stretch the whole way back. I dunno if that will help much but its worth a go as it wil keep him nice and flexi

my horse had a weak topline and i was told to ride him in an outline and that got him topline also fatty foods along with exercise builds top line

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-14-2009, 02:41 PM
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Also at 45 seconds on the video it shows oscar doing his stretches
and 1 min 16 seconds and theres back stretches at 1 min 58 secs
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Stretches do not build muscle. Were that the case, I would much rather 'stretch' my abs then do the tons and tons of situps and ab exercises. ;)

Putting your horse into a frame really only works their neck, or worse, works the UNDERside of their neck because all they're doing is pulling. What you need to focus on is correct long and low work (a description I wrote here if you're not sure what it should look like or how it can be done), and then transitions. Correct transitions! Ask your horse to trot-then-walk. If your horse just collapses on their forehand and you lose all forward motion, this is a BAD transition! If this happens, ask your horse to trot again immediately (do NOT punish your horse. You have to show him the right way to do things, not punish him when he tries to figure it out). Same for the walk-to-trot. If he labors into it and plod plod plods into this lazy trot, push him forward! Slow will come later with collection if you want it, but first you need impulsion (relaxed forward motion).

Lots of walk-trot, trot-walk, trot-stop and walk-stop transitions in the beginning--don't worry about the canter transitions for a few weeks because if you want correct ones, he won't be able to do it until he builds the muscle.

If you focus on the long and low, your horse will put himself into a 'frame'. If you show them how to do it, and you let them do it in a relaxed manner, the horse will relax at the poll and drop their head, and reach for the bit. Putting the horse 'on the bit' or 'in a frame' has nothing to do with pulling the reins, or pulling the nose under the poll--correct contact has do to with the poll moving over the nose and the horse relaxing at the poll to allow this to happen. Then the horse will search for the bit and hold the contact by themselves.

It's a completely electric feeling. :)

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Lots of walk-trot, trot-walk, trot-stop and walk-stop transitions in the beginning--don't worry about the canter transitions for a few weeks because if you want correct ones, he won't be able to do it until he builds the muscle.

If you focus on the long and low, your horse will put himself into a 'frame'. If you show them how to do it, and you let them do it in a relaxed manner, the horse will relax at the poll and drop their head, and reach for the bit. Putting the horse 'on the bit' or 'in a frame' has nothing to do with pulling the reins, or pulling the nose under the poll--correct contact has do to with the poll moving over the nose and the horse relaxing at the poll to allow this to happen. Then the horse will search for the bit and hold the contact by themselves.

It's a completely electric feeling. :)

Good luck!
I agree.

I will also add ground poles. The horse will stretch and round up as they gain strength and go over the poles correctly. It's really fun to watch my students faces when the horse rounds up into the saddle for the first time and they can 'feel' the collection.
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Hill work! I did a 6 week hill therapy program with my horses and it really helped them build muscle and learn to push themselves along rather than pull themsevles along.
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Hill work! I did a 6 week hill therapy program with my horses and it really helped them build muscle and learn to push themselves along rather than pull themsevles along.
Only works if you have hills in the area.
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^^Yeah They All Sound A Lot Better Than My Answer Lol!
Your answer had merit...... carrot stretches and tummy lifts may not build muscle but it makes the horse more flexible which in turn will help the horse perform better while he's working..
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Your answer had merit...... carrot stretches and tummy lifts may not build muscle but it makes the horse more flexible which in turn will help the horse perform better while he's working..
Lol Thanks!

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