Originally Posted by tubbydolly
Like I said now its cold and we haven't been doing much at all. But over the summer I would ride 3 to 4 times a week walk, trot, canter for about an hour or so I also jump2'-2'3" and we attempt to barrel race. Not way hard work but enough that you would think her spine wouldn't stick out. Her butt and leg muscles are huge it is just her back. She really hasn't lost any noticeable amount of muscle this winter. We are starting to use draw reins thinking rounding up might help her back.
Please please don't use draw reins on your mare! That wont solve the problem at all, she needs to learn to properly collect using her hind end, that does not happen overnight, especially on a OTTB that is used to running head up and on the forehand! Draw reins still keep them heavy on the forehand and builds the wrong muscles! My mare has just started to collect properly and not for long periods of time either, and this took 6 months, are you in a rush? And if so why?
One of my ex-trainers used to ride my mare once a week, it was to "fix her problems" I.e she was milking me for $$, (i was a new horse owner and my mare was green) she used draw reins on my mare without me knowing, when I found out I fired her, and now nobody rides my mare...ever. She became arena sour, would pin her ears at the saddle, and back away from me when I would approach her in her stall with it.
If your trainer cannot teach you to properly collect without bandaids, find one that can. If you are training her yourself, find a trainer to help you.