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post #1 of 10 Old 08-08-2012, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Balance excercises?

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has any balance excercises.

Curly has had 5 months off/inconsistent work

We had floods and couldnt get out to the farm, then it was so wet we could have swam together instead of riding.

She was worked for a few weeks then she got very sick with ross river and has had 3 months no work.

She was ridden lightly, then it rained heaps and has taken weeks to dry.

In between some of these she was ridden a day here/a day there.

She has lost a lot of muscle tone and her balance isnt very good anymore.

Im hoping it comes back to her easily.


Does anyone have any excercises to help her balance/muscles?

At the moment we have been doing circles with the odd serpentine but it isnt the most exciting, if there is no other way im happy to do it but the more variety the better!

Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-08-2012, 07:31 PM
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Hills are the best for building muscles.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-08-2012, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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I wish we had some!

Hills are out, we are very flat here

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Do you have woods? The trail might help her build up body awareness and pick up her feet more. If thats not working or out of the picture then some ground poles might work. I am also shamelessly subbing to this thread as I need muscle building ideas as well.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-08-2012, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Do you have woods? The trail might help her build up body awareness and pick up her feet more. If thats not working or out of the picture then some ground poles might work. I am also shamelessly subbing to this thread as I need muscle building ideas as well.
We dont have woods either lol, dirt road are the closest thing to a trail and they are relatively smooth

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I have a downed log in my pasture. Whenever my mare starts paying attention else where I will suddenly make her jump it. I know doing small jumps has helped her to build up muscle.
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I have a downed log in my pasture. Whenever my mare starts paying attention else where I will suddenly make her jump it. I know doing small jumps has helped her to build up muscle.

I will give that a go thanks.

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How long has she been back in work for?
Saddle fitted/teeth done/all up to date? Due to the change in shape, you will most likely find that her saddle doesn't fit her perfectly anymore..
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-11-2012, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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How long has she been back in work for?
Saddle fitted/teeth done/all up to date? Due to the change in shape, you will most likely find that her saddle doesn't fit her perfectly anymore..
Her saddle fit her before she was out of work, it is fitting her still though, no soreness or anything, which is odd.

She has only really been back in work work for a week with random rides beforehand. Teeth done last december, all vaccinations etc up to date.

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