10-01-2013, 12:15 PM
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Pictures would help. I raised Appys and Araloosas for many years. Much of the answer to your question depends upon your horse's muscle composition. Arabs have a higher percentage of slow twitch (smooth) muscle fibers compared to
Appys. If your horse's muscle composition is as an Arab witht a high percentage of slow twitch muscle with long muscle tie-ins, there isn't a whole lot you can do - the horse is built for endurance. If Your horse's muscle composition is as an Appy/QH type with more fast twitch fiber and shorter, tighter muscle tie-ins, then there are indeed things you can do, both from a diet and exercise standpoint, to boost your horse's hindquarters.
However, with that being said, I personally prefer Araloosas with a good balance of power to endurance - they make the best of trail horses in rugged terrain...