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post #1 of 6 Old 01-17-2011, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Tips For Building Topline.

I hope I put this in the right forum...didn't really know where to categorize it.

I have a 10 year old Quarter Horse gelding who I have kind of put on the back-burner lately because of school and other stuff like that. Since then, he's really lost his nice, strong topline. I've been riding him quite a bit lately, constantly trotting him, lunging him, etc. but he is still not coming along as fast as I would like.

So, I was wondering, does anyone have any experience building topline? Should I just keep trotting him and lunging him, or are there some other different exercises I can use?

ALSO, I thought maybe it could be what I feed him. He's pretty much on a strictly hay diet (I think it is alfalfa, but I would have to double check) and stays out in the pasture all of the time that he is not being worked. What can I feed him, if anything, that will help those build back up those muscles?

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-17-2011, 07:19 PM
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Hills help alot. Walk down walk up, eventually trot down trot up.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-17-2011, 07:22 PM
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Backup up helps, but topline doesn't build up quickly. There's no rushing that.

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Lots of backing up..not head raised in the air though. The entire time you are riding him, make sure he has a rounded back and neck. Make him back in circles while yeilding his front to the outside. Also, teach him to swing his hind quarters around so he can build muscle on his hips and stretch his legs out. Go up and down hills, always with a rounded profile. When his head is up in the air, his back hallows out and he doesn't use his muscles properly.

My gelding got really sick once, and to help build his muscle back up, we gave him vitamn E..just human pills, like 10 a day. It worked WONDERS and it made his mane and tail long and silky smooth!!

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Riding your horse in the correct frame is the only way I know of to build a CORRECT topline. It took a while to deteriorate so it will take a while to build back up. There are no shortcuts or supplements you can use. Ride him properly and a lot and he will return to his former glory whatever that may be.

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Riding your horse in the correct frame is the only way I know of to build a CORRECT topline. It took a while to deteriorate so it will take a while to build back up. There are no shortcuts or supplements you can use. Ride him properly and a lot and he will return to his former glory whatever that may be.
He's a cutting horse turned glorified trail horse turned barrel horse. hahah. When he's in shape, he's AWESOME looking.





Thanks for the advice everyone. I have been rushing the process. He's been in the pasture for a couple of months, so I guess there's no need to get ahead of myself.

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