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    07-07-2011, 05:51 PM
exercising a halter horse/building muscle

I was wondering how to exercise my horses to get them to muscle up a bit, they are not under muscled I would just like to see them a little more muscled. Kinda like a halter horse, not those really huge ones that look like steers or like you are raising them for meat, but the ones that well muscled and proportionate. Any tips on how to do this would be great. Thanks
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    07-08-2011, 12:16 AM
Riding them more could help get some muscle tone
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    07-08-2011, 01:02 AM
She is my barrel horse and I ride her everyday, I am looking fo something more specific. Thanks anyway though :)
    07-08-2011, 01:15 AM
Lsd long slow distance.. like slow trot/jog. And backing your horse and working/riding on hills and yeah that about all I've got
    07-08-2011, 12:58 PM
Sorry I didn't know how much you rode them. But I do sprints and lots of trotting on long trails, that gets my mare pretty well muscled
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    07-08-2011, 12:59 PM
Green Broke
Remember, your horse might not be built to have a lot of stocky build muscle on her. Horses are bred to have bigger looking muscles, it doesn't just happen with exercise.

Trotting up in down hills with your horses back rounded. Lots of backing!
Loping in circles and stops, roll backs.

*Side note on backing. To back a horse, you DO NOT pull back on her face. She will hollow her back, raise her head and drag her front legs backwards, thus not gaining any muscle. You need to squeeze/kick her by her girth with both legs, and teach her to back with her head down and minimal rein pressure. Just in case you didn't know:)
    07-08-2011, 08:05 PM
Thanks guys! We also do SOME cow horse so she is vary light mouthed and flexes and beds really well which has helped out alot with those back muscles and stuff. I do almost everything tat you guys said and I am really glad you said them because now I know I am on the right track!! She does not have a build that would have a tonne of muscle and she is mostly morgan so she is pretty fine boned too and I know that, I just want to see what I can get. Thanks for all the responses!!
This is her.

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    07-08-2011, 11:31 PM
What a cutie!

All I do with my colt is lunging work, a lot of walk to trot transitions and he's fed a balanced, correct diet.

He has A LOT of natural muscle though, He's performance bred.. can halter and ride :)
    07-09-2011, 07:07 AM
Hill work is excellent for building muscle, both front and back, and will get you results faster than anything else I've seen.
    07-09-2011, 11:19 AM
She is gorgeous!
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