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    12-05-2010, 02:46 AM
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Weanling
Groundwork exercises to strengthen the back

As per title, what are some ground exercises I can do with my mare to help muscle up her back and get her using it better.
     
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    12-05-2010, 07:02 AM
  #2
Foal
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Originally Posted by CessBee    
As per title, what are some ground exercises I can do with my mare to help muscle up her back and get her using it better.
good question. Id like to know the answer to that too!
     
    12-05-2010, 05:35 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by jemma87    
good question. Id like to know the answer to that too!

Me three!
     
    12-05-2010, 07:43 PM
  #4
Weanling
Me four! This is a very good question.
     
    12-05-2010, 07:46 PM
  #5
Weanling
Ok seeing as we havnt had much help so far on this forum, ill post some exercises I've been advised to do from some others :P

Tummy Tuck - Get your fingers and in the girth area on the underside dig in a bit and the horse should lift is back.

Pelvic thing - get run your fingers down either side of the horses rump and the horse should drop its rump and lift its back.

Raised trotting poles on the lunge (self explanitory haha)
     
    12-06-2010, 09:19 AM
  #6
Weanling
I was told long and low would help...but we aren't trained for that yet so I don't know, but it makes sense.
     
    12-06-2010, 12:33 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by momo3boys    
I was told long and low would help...but we aren't trained for that yet so I don't know, but it makes sense.
Yes, that helps. My horse starts out trotting head held high, I will work on transitions until she starts to get her neck out level. At that point I leave her alone with a nice jog and her neck held where it is. Even a productive walk will help as long as the neck is level or a bit low.

I was just hoping there would be something else to do as well. What about a surcingle? (Sp)
     
    12-06-2010, 05:02 PM
  #8
Weanling
Long and low work would help yes.

But I am in particular looking for exercises I can do OUT of the saddle :)
     
    12-06-2010, 09:04 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by CessBee    
Long and low work would help yes.

But I am in particular looking for exercises I can do OUT of the saddle :)
Yeah, I am doing that on the lunge line. :)
     
    12-07-2010, 12:01 AM
  #10
Weanling
I discovered the joys of long reining today haha
     

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