2 weeks ago I bought (well mummy dearest did) a 11yr TB gelding he has been off the track 2 years but was stuck out a back paddock and forgotten about. So long story short I was wondering your tricks on bulding topline and muscles! I live in an area where there are absouluteley no hillls what so ever!! Meaning I am restricted My boy Karlos has no bum and a pencil neck and I know these are his faults and I am trying really hard to fix as much as possible. I have been using the pessoa lunge aid (the zilco version), doing alot of long and low work plus alot of collection work, also been teaching him Flying Changes (someone told me this would contibute to his bum as it uses alot of his HQ's) I also have a few long grass strips that go for about 5 kilometres out the back roads (about 20mins ride) that I mix up between bowling-fast canter/slow gallop work and every now and then I blow him out. We do small cavaleties to help pick himself over them, I also swim him, but its dried up to just above his chest so he can stand so I've been making him trot through it. Every ride he gets a good workout and he also has sudays off (we have sundays off)
So I need help! "The how to" on topline and all the other important muscles? Its sort of a extensive part of horses that we all have our own ways so I thought it would be good to get an insight on new methods Because sometimes... Our way just doesnt work
I added pics of Karlos not sure if you can see a difference though but you can feel it.
the second day he was home:
late last week sometime (about a week later):