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    12-12-2009, 12:31 AM
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Foal
Best muscle building exercises?

What are some good muscle building exercises that are low-impact and not much strain on legs and joints?

I know hillwork is great but I really don't want a my young horse to be having that strain on his joints. Until he's about 4 I want to just do walking and trotting while building up his muscle and working on refining dressage work. Once his knees close up I'll be introducing jumping (can't wait!!). Yeah he's a little under two years and I have most of his career planned out.
     
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    12-12-2009, 12:34 AM
  #2
Green Broke
I don't think theres really much you can do at that age... maybe jsut wait til she gets bigger, then you can start rapidly building some muscle! :P
     
    12-12-2009, 10:58 AM
  #3
Weanling
Lunging is 10x harder on a a horse's joints than hill work. The hills shouldn't be too steep 20degrees for a walk and 15 for trot I believe (I might be wrong on the degrees needed).

If hills is still not something that you want to do, trot poles are great for muscle building. Won't be as affective as hill work, but will do almost as good as job. :)

And how old is "young"? You did not say
     
    12-12-2009, 11:55 AM
  #4
Foal
Big pastures, companions to romp with, and beginning ground work. I start the ground work at 14 months--remember that horses run, jump trot, canter, gallop and walk from the day they are born. When to add the weight of the rider depends on lots of things--fitness, growth patterns etc. AND THE WEIGHT OF THE RIDER!!!!
     
    12-12-2009, 03:42 PM
  #5
Foal
I weight 110. Brego right now is a little under 2 years old. I plan to get on him as an early two year old then get off. The next day I'll ask him to walk forward with me on then get off. Then I want to give him the winter to grow up some more. So when we're back in the spring he'll almost be three and that's when I want to start real undersaddle training.
     
    12-12-2009, 04:53 PM
  #6
Weanling
Personally, I'd rather a horse not be too fit when I'm starting him.
     
    12-12-2009, 05:24 PM
  #7
Trained
Walk, walk and more walk. Correct walk, mind you. It must be forward, marching and stretching for the bit.
     
    12-12-2009, 07:14 PM
  #8
Foal
Beling- why is that? I want him to really muscled up as I want to do eventing with him. :) I also would like him to eventually learn the piaffe which takes a great deal of muscle.

Thanks guys!
     
    12-12-2009, 08:15 PM
  #9
Weanling
Personally I do not think any horse should be started at such a young age as 2. Their bones are not fully developed and that can lead to joint issues later in life. All my horses were started at age 3-4 besides my older horse (well he might have been but I didn't start him so I'm not sure)

Also note you will not be doing eventing for a while, the basics have to be done first...alot of muscling isn't necessary until then
     
    12-13-2009, 01:59 AM
  #10
Foal
Yup I understand that. As I said I'll pretty much be getting on an off while he's two and giving him the winter to grow up. He'll be a couple months shy of three when I start riding him just walking. Until he's four I won't ask much of him other to walk and refine his responses to cues. Until he's five or six I don't expect him to be jumping but I do plan on doing dressage shows.

He's a pretty quick learner and likes to be busy so I don't see us taking too long to progress.

I'm a planner. I like to have a game plan (usually well ahead) before I go do something.
     

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