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        04-01-2008, 01:16 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Spirithorse,

    That is great! It is amazing what a little good leadership will do for a horse. You will have to post pictures of him soon. :)

    Abby, sorry for momentarily hijacking your thread.
         
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        04-01-2008, 08:09 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I'm trying to figure out how going down hill is more of a workout for the hindquarters? Can someone explain? I was told uphill, trotting and walking....going down the weight is on the fore isn't it?

    My guy looks like yours - needs muscle BADLY! So I'd love to hear more on this. :)
         
        04-02-2008, 11:54 AM
      #13
    Foal
    You're right, uphill does strengthen the hindquarters and there is a lot of weight on the front end going down.

    However, there is more range of motion for the hind end going down, and the horse has to reach underneath himself more with the back legs. This is helpful for jumping because moving under with the back legs is necessary for takeoff and also helps the horse to round and move with impulsion. Uphill may be good for building hind end strength and muscle mass, but I was always told to go downhill to improve impulsion and movement for jumping.

    Like Abby said, you have to go up to go down. And both are very beneficial.

    I'd be interested to hear more too if anyone else has thoughts or experience on the specific anatomical benefits of riding hills, too. Like with many things in horses, I'm sure many of us have been told different things.
         
        04-05-2008, 12:24 PM
      #14
    Trained
    I didnt really know :"Hill Therapy" was a Parelli thing. But I've always used hills for conditioning. Like everyone else said slow not too steep ones first then faster and steeper. When I'm conditioning my horses, I trot alot of hills. (Once they are ready to do it). I also do work in sand because I think it helps them build strength. Nothing too deep that will hurt ligaments or tendons, but I like it better than the grass or the track.
         
        05-29-2009, 11:55 AM
      #15
    Foal
    For those of you that have done this - have you followed the program strictly and not ridden the horse for six weeks? I am curious. I see differences in my chubby gelding after a week or so - very positive - but am wondering if I really need to stay off of him for six weeks? Thoughts?
         
        05-29-2009, 01:37 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    I recommend that you use a specially designed Pat Parelli hill.
    He sells them for $875 dollars each.



    Just kidding!
         
        05-30-2009, 09:09 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Ha - Yeah probably a "Must Have" for the program to work properly!
         
        05-30-2009, 05:11 PM
      #18
    Started
    Yes, I did it for the entire 6 weeks and if I rode my horse I just did it bareback. That way the saddle and rider are not an issue while the horse is gaining more muscle.

    The hill therapy worked wonders for getting my new horse (whom I've had for a year now) to push himself in his canter. His canter has improved a ton, and part of that is due to the hill therapy.
         
        01-14-2010, 06:58 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Gidday Abby,
    I have just posted a really good article on my blog about a powerful improvement to the Parelli Hill Therapy Program which will address your uneasiness and concern about potentially damaging your horses joints.
    Here's the link to it:
    Books with Spirit – Joyfulness between horses and people A powerful improvement to the Parelli Hill Therapy Program
    Let me know how you enjoy the solution... cheers, jenny
         
        01-14-2010, 10:41 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
    I didnt really know :"Hill Therapy" was a Parelli thing. But I've always used hills for conditioning. Like everyone else said slow not too steep ones first then faster and steeper. When I'm conditioning my horses, I trot alot of hills. (Once they are ready to do it). I also do work in sand because I think it helps them build strength. Nothing too deep that will hurt ligaments or tendons, but I like it better than the grass or the track.
    Hahaha...ditto to this...we always hit up the sandpits when I was growing up and our horses had BOOOTEH!!! Still do...
         

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