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    05-17-2010, 08:24 PM
Green Broke

I have an arabian mare who had basicly been unworked for a year and a half till about a month ago. She really needs muscling on her hind end and I was wondering if anybody could help me out with how to do this. I am taking her out on long trail rides about 2-3 miles every weekend and round pen work during the week. She is improving but still needs lots more muscle soo if anyone could help me out I would be very grateful if you would like pictures of what she looks like now I can post some.
P.s. She is going to be a trail/gymkhana horse with possibly a little but of low jumping for fun
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    05-17-2010, 09:09 PM
High protein feed, hill work, and more miles...2-3 miles is just a warm up for a trail horse.
    05-17-2010, 09:26 PM
Green Broke
Phm-I know its a just a warm up for trail horses but I am jsut starting to work her up to it she has not been ridden in over a year so she's a bit outta shape haha. Do you know of any good feed right now she is just on #2alfalfa
    05-17-2010, 09:33 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
High protein feed, hill work, and more miles...2-3 miles is just a warm up for a trail horse.
Totally agree, correct feeding schedule is imperative the more work you are going to do. Hills are great for conditioning. Long trot up the hills and allow a lower headset to cope with the incline, developing back and hindquarter muscles. Collected trot down hills is good for hip and hock strength. On the flat, aim for a very brisk to extended trot, steadily building up stamina.
    05-17-2010, 09:39 PM
Green Broke
I live in the desert and have to trailer to get to the mountains and hills are hard to find but when I find one I do work on some trotting up and down it. I can't really fully let her head go because she will take off but I try and give her slack whenever I can
    05-17-2010, 10:14 PM
Originally Posted by sarahver    
On the flat, aim for a very brisk to extended trot, steadily building up stamina.
Agreed...since you're in hill-less-land, try to work even those 2-3 miles at a quick trot. It's a good workout and keeping your mare in a nice steady trot 'groove' is great training, too.

As far as feed, we're not in alfalfa-land, but it is high in protein. We're pretty much all orchard and fescue around here and when we really work our mares, we'll add a 14% protein pellet feed. I'll defer response to anyone who feeds alfalfa.

Make sure you also up the calories the more you work her, too.
    05-17-2010, 10:21 PM
Green Broke
Alright I will keep that in mind I have slowly been lengthening the trail rides so I will deffinately remember to up her calories
    05-18-2010, 04:21 PM
Did you try lounging on gogue? If she has experience with chambon and "know-how", she will be able to carry herself on that one. It will muscle her hind as well as neck.
    05-18-2010, 07:01 PM
Green Broke
Shanoona-i'm not familiar with that can you explain further??
I have no idea what her training consisted of before she was abandoned. She knows all the basics and is just a bit spooky from being untouched for a 1 1/2yrs except for trimmings and occasional turn out with other horses.

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