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post #1 of 10 Old 05-16-2012, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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gaining muscles!

okay so I got a Paint gelding last year, he was 15.1hh and now is close to 17hh, he's part TB and part QH, he's an overo. Blanketed face pink skin, with blue eyes. He was sent to a trainer 3 months ago and he did really well adn is going great, but he got injurd and is now limping a bit, rope burn, around his back right ankle adn its a bit swellon so I havent ridding him in a 4 days because of it. But he's low on mucles the lady we bought him from babied him and he had little weight was under weight and we fattened him up but he's a hard keeper. Id like to get muscles on his butt, back, shoulders, and other places as well. And when he gets better ill be ridding again and resumeing his training.

What are good for gaining muscle everywhere? I know backing up is good so we were doing that, it helped his butt a lot. They get let out for 5 hours every night and is in a round pen the rest of the time with my other 2 horses. When they get out they run and run and he passes everyone and is pretty fast. He lounges okay and im looking into getting side reins to help him out. They have a round bale in the pen with them. And get grain every day, with biotin and flax.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-16-2012, 02:28 PM
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You want hill work, and lots and lots and lots of trotting. Trot up the hill walk down. You could use the "skootch" method for his butt and back legs too. Trot circles, trot poles, trot down the road, trot until you feel like your horse could trot for miles. Don't neglect the other gaits, but if you want muscle, that'll work.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-16-2012, 02:30 PM
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Hill work....lots of up/down walk/trot on hills does great.
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we have really steep ditches! ND has no hills.... would they work?
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-21-2012, 04:50 PM
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ND has hills, just not in the RRV. Ditches work.


How long has he been limping and sore? Are you treating the burn? How did he acquire it? Are you sure he didn't do more/worse damage to himself?
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-21-2012, 04:56 PM
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Trail riding also builds muscles for a horse. If he cannot be ridden try ponying him up to another horse and riding.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-21-2012, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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he's getting better, its not very swollen anymore. Its healing very nice. He doesnt like to leave home the trainer even had trouble getting him down the road.

Theres no hill close to where we live..
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-21-2012, 05:38 PM
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Harley, there are plenty of hills, but you live on the eastern side of the state, like both Nd and I. However, I am from the middle of the state and I can guarantee you there are hills there.

Anyway, I agree with what has been posted: lots of trotting, both undersaddle and on a lunge line.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-21-2012, 05:40 PM
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Any slope that you have is good, and lots of trotting is the next best.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-21-2012, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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there arent any with in a few miles around my house I wouldnt drive an hour to do it for a few minutes a day. Is my point. I have started trotting with my moms horse and hope tot start him next week on it.
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