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  • Strapping to build top line on a horse
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    11-10-2010, 05:14 PM
Thanks everyone! It's great people actually answered =D I will deffintatley be trying today the long trot work, He's got FC's and does them well, but i'll put them to the side for now =) and ill do a bit of up and down transitions still.

Every time I try and ride long/low work he does it with a breeze, It seems like its easy for him but ill continue with it =)

Sarahver - With the long trot, do I do it in a collected trot or long/low? And thanks I think his beautiful (the pics he looks at bit icky in though )

I've also been putting trot poles in serpentines, will this also help?

Once again THANK YOU SO, SO,SO MUCH! and keep it coming.. =D

oh and I've got all the time in the world to make sure he is looking mickey mouse.
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    11-10-2010, 05:18 PM
Green Broke
Anebel- Strapping can make the world of difference. It isnt a replacement for correct work but is a way of building muscle.
My youngster who isnt broken and thus isnt worked has brilliant topline (for a pony of his age) and it is all due to strapping. The majority of top show horses in the UK as strapped and you can tell which ones have been and which ones havent.

My youngster

    11-10-2010, 05:19 PM
I think that trotting poles would work. There is an exercise I know that teaches them to lift their legs up and it helps their topline. Just don't know how to explain it >___<. I use trotting poles to makes Tess lengthen her strides and I think it wis working for her topline
    11-10-2010, 05:22 PM
holy cow! That neck is a bit awsome! May I ask what is strapping?
    11-10-2010, 05:31 PM
Im with you! All I know is that jockeys used to do it in the "olden days" haha. And that strapper is the term for a racehorses aid at the track. (the person that takes care of the horse)
    11-10-2010, 05:59 PM
Green Broke
Behind the Bit: Strapping your horse (a grooming technique)

Shows a good way to do it. Best to get someone to show you though. I lunge first to warm up the muscles.
I prefer the first video for technique but the second video tells you the areas to avoid banging. Remember to build up the number you use as it is quite tireing for the muscles.
    11-10-2010, 06:06 PM
Damm! The link is blocked on my laptop! I would like see how to do it >D
    11-10-2010, 06:31 PM
God almighty, that's going to be interesting to attempt! He is a bit scared that people are always going to hit him, so his really flighty about sudden movements. I think I might read up on it a bit first, because to me it looks like there just hitting the horse with there hand coverd in towel =P

Thanks for the vids though!
Faye do you think you gourgeous boy, might like to lend some muscles..hehe
    11-11-2010, 12:11 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by JackofDiamonds    
Sarahver - With the long trot, do I do it in a collected trot or long/low? And thanks I think his beautiful (the pics he looks at bit icky in though )
Best way to do it is on a loose rein, minimal contact and let him find his own head position, don't worry about collection for this excercise. As you work up to a true long trot, his head will drop naturally (just drop, he won't be collected or in a frame as such) as all of his back muscles will be employed just maintaining the pace.

Now, the tricky part is maintaining the pace as
A.) He will want to canter initially as it is easier for him
B.) When he no longer wants to canter he will want to slow down as he tires
C.) You don't want too much interference from your hands and you need to stay balanced in the saddle so he can work HARD - ride like you aren't even there.

Once he gets the idea it will become easier.

P.S. Beware - it is a serious work out for you as well!!
    11-11-2010, 12:19 AM
Gee I think im getting more out of this thread than jack is! Ahah

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