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post #1 of 4 Old 05-16-2007, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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working off the hind end...suggestions!

Hello All-
my ISH is a bit 'unequal' in that he needs to gain about 100 lbs in his hind end...I have been working him on hills and other flat work because he really hasn't had any jumping experience, so grids and gymnastics are not an option at this time. Does anyone have any other exercises that will help him gain muscle in his haunches/ hind end?
I was thinking doing a lot of transitions might help as well?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-17-2007, 09:22 AM
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Riding him round should build up his hindquartres, if he is working round properly he should be using his bum lol.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-17-2007, 05:37 PM
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You have listed the best exercises already. Many transitions, up hill and down hill work (trot up hill, walk downhill), grid work, cavalettis, and ground poles.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-18-2007, 10:38 AM
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Some horses need to learn to work off thier hindquaters, by teaching them this, they will develop a good solid back end. Going up and down hills at a walk, trot and canter is a really good way for them to do this.

Another excercise I use is while in the saddle I back them up qucikly then a quick as we can I drive them straight forward, back fast, qucik forward, I do then 5 to 6 times then back up quik forward and then canter around the work area so they do not get bored.

Backing a horse up while in the saddle is a very effective way to teach them to use thier hindquarters.
But remember it is more effective if you drive them to an immediate run when you go forward, you want the shooting out of the backup, you will actually feel the difference in the saddle. Back, GO, back, GO, back GO!

Many horses have problems, in their front end, because they are not using their hindquarters correctly.
They put too much pressure on thier front legs, shoulders etc. much more pressure then they need too. Their hindquarters are much more capable of caring a heavy load of work.
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