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post #1 of 9 Old 05-17-2008, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Build topline?

Hey. I have another question about Diesel. I havent worked with him much over the winter, but I have been since about march. But he seems to be getting in shape and building muscle in his shoulders and hindquarters but not in his neck? Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-18-2008, 01:21 AM
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Working in a frame will build neck muscles. Also working on a stretch downwards and working on flexion (both lateral and vertical) will help a ton.


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post #3 of 9 Old 05-18-2008, 03:26 AM
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ive noticed a huge improvement in my mares topline since i started doing a lot of work on getting a nice collected trot with nice flexion around corners/circles etc. ive been working her a lot more over trot poles to. ive been noticing a marked improvement the last few weeks since doing this so yeah, pretty much what JDI said ;)

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post #4 of 9 Old 05-18-2008, 03:43 AM
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Yeah JDI pretty much said it all!

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post #5 of 9 Old 05-18-2008, 09:58 AM
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Working the horse on hills is very beneficial. That really helped develop my horse's top line in all areas.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-25-2008, 06:20 PM
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lunging with a chambon can be beneficial too.
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-25-2008, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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lunging with a chambon can be beneficial too.

What is a Chambon?
You guys are all giving great advice, thanks a bunch.
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-25-2008, 07:05 PM
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here is the wikipedia article about the chambon:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chambon
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-26-2008, 01:01 AM
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But just make sure with the chambon that the horse is relaxed and using his back, and not just having his head forced in place.
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