Re-Developing a Broodmare's Topline

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    01-18-2013, 10:15 AM
Re-Developing a Broodmare's Topline

Hello everyone :)

I took in an aged (15-17 year old) Hanoverian broodmare in July who had just weaned her foal and was destined for an ill fate at the slaughter house. She has been an absolute pleasure to have and has many years of leisure left ahead of her.

Since July, she has gained roughly 220lbs. I really want to help her re-develop her top-line and "girlish figure", and so far she has come quite a long way, but we still have some work to do. We have been working on lots of lunge work, trot work with side elastic side reins and a surcingle, trot poles and small cavaletti's. I was wondering if anyone had any additional ideas to help her re-develop her top line. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

The first picture is immediately after weaning her foal in June 2012, and the second picture is the day she arrived at my farm in July, 2012.

The last two pictures are showing her progress upto October 2012.

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    01-18-2013, 10:33 AM
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    01-18-2013, 03:21 PM
I'm of no real help to you. I just bought a 16 yr. Old KMSH mare in Oct. Who had been used as a brood mare. She's an absolute joy to ride, but I do worry about her topline. I was told that riding would help build her back muscles and the vet that did the pre-purchase exam told me she was a really nice mare and perfect for what I wanted her for: slow trail riding. He also said that having been a brood mare, she would never regain her "figure."

I've done some butt scrunching and tummy lifting with her to make her lift her back and belly and she seems to enjoy it...but I haven't been at it long enough to see any real difference. I'd love to hear the responses to your query.
    01-18-2013, 05:16 PM
She needs alot more weight put on, which I think will help. Itll definitely make her look better overall. Her topline doesnt look horrible to me...just slightly lacking. Keep fattening her up and she'll be a different horse.

She looks so sweet!
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