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    05-24-2012, 08:08 PM
Muscle building questions

I have been lunging my mini stallion for 15 - 20 mins 5days a week in preperation for a show because he needs more muscle in his rump. Been doing all the things on here except the hill work as Im not able to do that lol My question is, will jumping small jumps build his rump cos he loves to jump (off the lunge in a round pen) but no matter how I space them I can't get him over the trotting poles!! Also have him on 14% protein feed 3 times a day plus grass and haylage....should I put him on alfafa instead of the haylage?? Please help. Thanks.
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    05-24-2012, 08:12 PM
Green Broke
How can you not do hill work?
You don't need to ride him. Just find a hill, stand near the base of it and longe him up and down the hill in a circle around you. (I'm not talking a huge hill, just an incline that will make him go up and down). A ditch for example. He should be small enough for that.
    05-24-2012, 08:20 PM
You can feed him the right stuff all day and not accomplish anything if you don't get him moving. Walking up & down hills, over poles, backing up will all do it. Looks like you're in Ireland. I know you guys have hills there. Why can you not do hills?
    05-24-2012, 08:40 PM
Cant walk up hills very much as I broke my back 5yrs ago and now have arthritis in you can't just go onto someones land and start lunging just cos they have a hill lol and my field is flat! As I already stated, he WONT trot over poles just tries to jump them and will end up hurting himself. Backing up? How far and how many times please? By the way Myboypuck, as already stated, I DO work him, he does 15 to 20mins trotting and walking AND jumping in a round pen, should he be doing more????
    05-24-2012, 10:27 PM
It's just that you're going to get so much more bang for your buck if you work the horse on uneven terrain versus flat. Sorry about your back. That can't be fun. Regarding the poles, maybe he thinks you want him to jump them? If it's just an over excited thing, just keep taking him over them until he gets bored with jumping them. For backing up, don't overdo it, but every step he takes backward requires he use his back. Use it sparingly at first and let him tell you when he's ready to do more. Most horses will act like you're trying to kill them the first few times, but then start backing up with ease.
    05-27-2012, 06:45 PM
I know some people back their horses around the entire arena multiple times to build big beautiful butts! Start out slower, of course. Back 5-10 steps, then more & more. Establish in your mind how far he will back, then reward him once he completes it. A pet, rub, "good boy!"
    05-28-2012, 04:59 AM
Find a hill, stay on the flat part of it.. and lunge him on the hill.

Presto.. hill work for a mini :P

Backing up lots does good too, and I suppose little jumps would be good too but not really that effective.

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