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.