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post #1 of 4 Old 05-20-2012, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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flat exercises?

I have a four year old horse I am working with. He is a pretty level headed guy and awesome on the trail. In the ring, he sort of looses his interest. This is a problem because he needs some butt muscles. He is a bit odd in the hind end. He has had tests, neurological examinations all of which were negative/normal. The vet feels that if he could build up butt muscles he would have a better chance and being more normal in his movement. He is a horse that I am building up in the hopes of finding him a nice pleasure/trail horse home. There is no real rush because clearly he is a "special" boy.
I don't expect him to do dressage or light up the hunter jumper world. I think it would totally within his abilities to be a first horse for a pleasure trail rider. He failed at the harness track and is very "in your pocket". He can also have the smoothest trot I have ever ridden (we are encouraging this movement) As a harness horse, he is learning to regulate his trot (fast and slow) and how to do a corner without acting like you have a cart behind you.
My trouble is I am a trail rider. Its been about ten years since I attempted dressage (most of thats been forgotten). Ringwork is where most of this horses muscle build up will occur and I need advice. I have done some serpentines, circles and some cross rail stuff. I just need other ideas to target these specific areas. How long do you work a horse in each exercise? So, what do you do when you are bringing your horses back into condition or trying to build a horse into muscle?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-22-2012, 11:03 AM
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I think hills on trail build up muscle, work the hills and it might help in his hind end, as far as ring work some horses HATE the ring lol my one horse will go on trail all day but put her in a ring and ummm yeah she hates it. So if he is a special boy do what he likes and what you like hit the trail....just an idea

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If your determined to do ring work, I'd work with a lot of ground poles, (which could also help with his "special" movement, as he'll have to focus on where his feet are going) sidepassing, figure eights, trot trot trot trot until you can't trot no more. Do lots of backing and turning the fore and hind, just to keep his mind active. If he loses interest, make him do an obstacle or two. Tarps, branches, through a water box or over weird bridges. Include treats every time he goes over something scary, and the ring will turn into a fun place.
If your not set on the ring for muscle building, go for the hills :) good luck :)
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Wait, the best way to build his muscle is to do the very thing we both like! WHOOPEE! He needs to work on his attitude in the ring but we can break that up with trail segments.
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