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        11-01-2009, 01:47 PM
    Helping get this guy in good shape--pic heavy

    Ok so for this one I'm looking for advice on how to help this horse fill out and muscle better. In the past my family has only had QH, TWH, and Spotted Saddle horses. We never had anything that took much work to muscle, and we would love to help this guy look as awesome as I know he could. This horse came to us underweight (first picture) he has gained weight, but I'm not sure how to help him fill the muscles in his neck out.

    Give me all the advice you can :) He is my little brother's horse, but my mother and step-father are both working with him to do whatever they can to help this big guy reach his potential. He mostly neckreins, but works off leg cues better than anything.

    He will not take the right lead, he always takes the left, (and is really smooth doing it) Advice on that would be really good too. I've never had one that wouldn't take it up even when pushed in a circle and given the cues. We tried letting him learn the cue for the right lead and hoping that would help carry over, but he still won't take his right lead after almost 6 months of work.
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        11-01-2009, 01:53 PM
    Hill work and lots of it is brill for building up muscles. When I had George he had very little muscle and low stamina so we did lots of hill work and we got to the point where we could canter up hills and he loved it, he would attack the hills and needed next to no telling go faster apart from being told when to shift transitions.
        11-01-2009, 01:55 PM
    ^ Im keeping an eye on this thread and im wondering what if where you live doesnt have hills ! Or very many..
        11-01-2009, 01:57 PM
    That's a point, not sure then apart from lots of hacking and doing a lot of transitions as well as jumping that will build up his muscle.
        11-01-2009, 01:59 PM
    ^ Thank you :)
        11-01-2009, 02:03 PM
    I was lucky where George was stabled because just to get to the off road hacking we had to go down a big, steep hill and there was lots of hills and George loved his hills, he would lower his head and really work on them, literally would attack them and once he was fit again he could trot all the way up the big hill and would have cantered it if I'd let him.
        11-01-2009, 02:03 PM
    Thanks, I will definitely tell him to work him on hills more. He has a ton of stamina, but that may have to do with the fact that rider + saddle he is still only carrying <100 Anyways, his muscles in his legs and rump are building up decently, but I can't get his neck muscling up better. :(
        11-01-2009, 02:09 PM
    With the neck lots of bending work may be in order. I loaned a TB who had rubbish neck muscles and was as stiff as board so we spent all of our schooling time doing bendings, lots of circles and serpentines. It was because he was an ex racer so they never really need much in the way of neck muscles so his training never focused on it.
        11-01-2009, 02:12 PM
    THANK YOU :) I think that is exactly what I needed to know :) It's hard finding things that will keep my brother interested and help his horse. I'm thinking maybe I should tell him to work on his handlind through poles, and doing circles in the roundpen??
        11-01-2009, 02:12 PM
    Yeah Bali has *no* muscle because he's been off for a year on my mom's place. Luckily for me, his pasture is at the bottom of a BIIIIG hill and we have to walk up it everyday to get to the barn! :) He'll fill out quick.... and my endurance will improve too!

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