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post #1 of 8 Old 05-14-2013, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Building Topline?

Hey all,(hopefully I put this in the right forum) my horse Oliver has a really weak topline and a ewe neck. How can I get him more muscled and better in the topline and properly muscled and take care of his ewe neck?
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-14-2013, 10:39 PM
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Stretches (and muscle building) for your horse

If he has a true "ewe neck" then that's a conformational thing.. in how they are built. If it just has muscles in the wrong spots, that will take many months of good riding to reverse. Good riding on both you AND your horse's part.
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Thanks Sky. I'll post a picture. I think its just muscles in the wrong place though.
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I'm not sure.. hopefully someone more intuned to conformation will come by.

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He needs a lot more weight on before he'll start building good muscle tone.
Stretches won't build muscle, but will assist in muscle development along with appropriate work.
To build topline, the horse needs to be lifting it's back, stretching forward from hind legs to poll. The guns legs must be active.
Hill work and pole work is very good for this.
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Oh and no, she does not have a conformational ewe neck.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-17-2013, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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I know he needs to put on weight, I just got him off the track and I've only had him 3 weeks. He's now getting fed better and I've started doing some pole work with him. That picture is from the second day he was home, he's slowly started putting on more weight.
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