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    01-30-2011, 09:59 PM
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Question Exercises For Building Up His Topline

Sp Phantom has gained an awesome amount of weight at my new barn. The only thing that concerns me now is his topline. He lost the muscle when he dropped all the weight. So I want to work on building it back up. He is 25 yrs old or so so I know it is due to age also but I'm hoping I can build him up a little at least...even if I can't it's ok cause the new saddle I got has a high tree so it wont sit on his withers. What are some exercises that I can do that will do that? (other than hill work...we don't have hills at the new barn) I have been doing trotting but with all this snow it's been hard . As soon as this snow melts I'm working on getting him back into shape.

Here's what he looked like back in october(ugh skinny)


And here he is now(you can see what I mean about his topline...also this was taken back in the beginning of december and I am happy to say he now has a happy round butt haha...also I know he has a winter coat but when you rub your fingers over his sides you can't feel the ribs anymore)



We had the vet out on christmas day (my BO's horse was colicing which stinks cause christmas is also his birthday :( ) but we also had the vet look at Phantom and he said he looks great considering how he looked when we first moved him. So I'm happy he's gaining weight but I want to build his back up if I can.
     
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    01-30-2011, 10:09 PM
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Work over cavaletti poles builds the abdominal muscles, which lift the topline.
Walking and trotting over correctly spaced poles.
     
    01-31-2011, 11:20 AM
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Green Broke
Hills. If you can find hills to slowly trot up.. stopping at the top for a breth catch (until he is used to it).

He probably will be pretty much like he is but by stretching his topline and strengthening his abdomin he will be more able to keep working and to carry weight more comfortably.
     
    02-03-2011, 03:55 AM
  #4
Weanling
Yeh! My horse needs muscle too! Good question!
     
    02-03-2011, 08:29 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
work over cavaletti poles builds the abdominal muscles, which lift the topline.
Walking and trotting over correctly spaced poles.
Stupid question:

You mention "correctly spaced poles". How do you correctly space them? I am sure it will depend on your horse's stride length?
     
    02-03-2011, 08:34 AM
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Green Broke
Correctly spaced start out on the ground and matching your horse's trot stride (trot the horse and measure the distance between foot prints to determine this).

As the horse gains confidence, and without raising the height, you can lenghten the distance a bit to help the horse to extend a bit. Next raise them a little, but go back to the horse's natural stride.. and so forth.

Start with two and then add more. No more than 6.. and I used to only use 4.
     
    02-03-2011, 08:58 AM
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Weanling
Thanks Elana!
     
    02-03-2011, 09:33 AM
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mls
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Elana    
Correctly spaced start out on the ground and matching your horse's trot stride (trot the horse and measure the distance between foot prints to determine this).

As the horse gains confidence, and without raising the height, you can lenghten the distance a bit to help the horse to extend a bit. Next raise them a little, but go back to the horse's natural stride.. and so forth.

Start with two and then add more. No more than 6.. and I used to only use 4.
It's not the stride, it's the flexion that helps to build the abdomen and thus the top line. When you can feel the horse come up into the saddle, the exercise is being performed correctly.

A horse can still be hollow backed and pulling themselves along with an extended stride.


Once the horse is
     
    02-03-2011, 09:47 AM
  #9
Weanling
Backing, backing, backing!

Backing a horse up is one of the best ways to build the top line, we had an osteopath at the barn not that long ago and she said to give it a try. We have seen excellent results!

Back them as much as you can, for 10 minutes, or every couple laps in the arena. It causes them to round and builds the topline.
     
    02-03-2011, 10:50 AM
  #10
Weanling
While doing those things feeed this!

Spillers Blue Chip Original - Horse Feed Balancer

It is meant to be great for improving topline and plenty of other things =D I am getting it next week. I cannot wait to try it out.
     

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