Building a topline

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Building a topline

This is a discussion on Building a topline within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Building a horse's topline
  • Equine training-building a topline and muscle

LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-16-2008, 04:42 PM
Building a topline

I am just now starting to work with poco on building his muscles back up. I really need to work on his topline and needs some ideas.....
Sponsored Links
    12-16-2008, 07:18 PM
Long and low work, getting him to strech down and use the muscles on top of his neck,
    12-16-2008, 08:39 PM
Trot-work really helps. This worked a lot with my mare. This summer I barely cantered her, I just worked a lot on trot and it really improved her topline. The thing you want most out of your horse's trot though, is collection, which is created by impulsion. When your horse is working through its hind end, and creating impulsion from behind, they are able to better collect themselves and be "on the bit." When a horse tucks its back end underneath himself, gives the rider his head, he is offering his back to the rider. You will feel the difference, especially at the sitting trot. If the horse has its butt and nose in the air, its back becomes hollow and it isn't forming very good muscling through its back and neck. Work at getting your horse supple and on the bit at the sitting trot, and you will feel him "offering" or rounding his back to you. This will really help with the topline because the more your horse works on the bit, the more collected, and the more rounded his back will be. It also creates great butt and neck muscle. Good luck!
    12-16-2008, 08:42 PM
Backing up and down hills and slow trotting on a light incline really helps my little ones.
    12-16-2008, 11:57 PM
I would also say use trot poles and use those to help get your horse to bring its back up.
    12-17-2008, 04:28 AM
Collecting and extending the stride in various paces may also benefit with his topline.
    12-17-2008, 03:45 PM
~trot poles
~lunge exercise (just for the added time in trot if you're not fit enough to keep it going)
~walk/canter transitions
~halt/trot transitions
~figure 8s

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Topline...gotten any better? Worse? or the same? SonnyWimps Horse Riding Critique 9 11-12-2008 08:17 PM
probably discussed before, but I'll ask anyway... topline help Jubilee Rose Horse Training 6 10-19-2008 11:45 PM
Building horse topline JDsmum Horse Health 8 08-11-2008 12:45 PM
Building topline and collection SonnyWimps Horse Training 43 06-18-2008 09:48 PM
Build topline? Spastic_Dove Horse Training 8 05-26-2008 01:01 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:09 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0