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post #1 of 13 Old 10-01-2013, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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How to get muscles on a Araloosa's hindquarters

I have a 4 year old Araloosa named Bingus. For those who are not sure what an Araloosa is its a Arabian and Appaloosa mix. Bingus goes on many trail rides and gets ridden every other day. Any tips?
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How to get muscles on a Araloosa's hindquarters

I have a 4 year old Araloosa named Bingus. For those who are not sure what an Araloosa is its a Arabian and Appaloosa mix. Bingus goes on many trail rides and gets ridden every other day. Any tips?
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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...
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I agree but his hindquarters are narrow he has the arabian head an neck
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Transitions. Many many many transitions to where he has to use his hq. Do transitions within different gaits and the same gaits. Walking up uphill will also help strengthen the motor, but just generally getting him to engage it while you ride will build muscle. I have an Arab cross as well and while they are never going to have the voluptuous backside of say a quarter horse, that's not to say they can't develop a significant muscle with the correct work.
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Trotting up hills and backing are the best for the back end.
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Hills and transitions.
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He wont back up
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Won't back up..? Well, there's your first order of business to tend to.
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Like he wont even back up in the paddock he will just turn around
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