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post #1 of 4 Old 05-02-2010, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Improving her "underline"?

I'm not really sure where this might go so forgive me it this isn't the place.

Basically, I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to improve Lacey's underline. As it is, she has a rather weak back-loin area and I'd like to improve it however possible. I know she's conformationally predisposed to be weak through the back but I'm sure it can be improved upon, at least a little... She's currently working pretty hard for a horse her age, all three gaits 3-4 times a week, for about 1 1/2 hours each session, plus monthly 4 hour trail rides at all 4 gaits (galloping included). We're doing more trotting than anything right now since I'm teaching her to jog and because I have a hard time with her trot, therefore, I need more practice with it!

Here's a picture to give you an idea of what I have to work with:



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post #2 of 4 Old 05-09-2010, 12:13 AM
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To get her hind end more thick and rounded and less drop offy, I would lunge her standing on a hill side. This gets the hind end working more to pull themselves up and down the hill. Just do that for about 10 minutes both ways maybe 3 times a week and you will DEFINATELY see an improvement. Also, she looks pretty old from the picture, so you might want to check if she needs her teeth floated. Does she drop a lot of food when she eats? My horse was as skinny as a twig and I tried everything to put weight on her (she was a rescue horse) and when I got her teeth floated she filled out SO nicely. She is also pushing 19 years old. Also, if she doesn't get too hot from eating certain foods, you might want to try slowly easing her onto some beet pulp if she doesn't already get it with her feed. This really helps pack on the pounds without the extra AHHHH I GOTTA RUNNNN I HAVE TO RUN OVER YOU AND KILL YOUUU!!! kind of attitude hahaha.
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Thanks, I've come to the conclusion that her underline looks worse in this picture than it is in real life. I think maybe she was going through a spurt of putting on weight, since she dropped a bunch over the winter, and so at the point where this picture was taken, it was mostly belly-weight. Or maybe it's the angle of the picture. Or something. Because she looks significantly better now, only a week or two later.
She is 25. I don't think she needs her teeth floated, but I'm not sure. She hasn't had them done in a year or two. Right now, I don't have the money to get them done, especially since the vet can't come do it at the barn, we'd have to go to the clinic and I don't have a truck/trailer. I hope to get them done at the end of the summer.

She really does look better. Here's a picture from Friday:

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll give it a try in any case.

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Given her age there isn't much you can do. Lots of riding (if she's still able), and good 'ol fashion hard work.

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