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Idlepastures 10-09-2011 11:00 PM

Its offically been just over a month!

HorseLovinLady 10-09-2011 11:07 PM

They look great!!

mom2pride 10-09-2011 11:07 PM

Nice job!!! :D

becca1584 10-09-2011 11:11 PM

Beautiful horses you got. Well done :D

Idlepastures 10-09-2011 11:14 PM

Thanks guys :) I have to look back at pictures because its hard to see the improvment when you see them daily. I'd really like to build muscle, but its hard coming.

Any tips?

Problem is I compare them to my lease gelding to a foundation QH. I know Hondo won't ever be built like that, he's a quararab. But Levi should eventually, hopefully. But my lease gelding is a mac truck with hooves!

Idlepastures 10-09-2011 11:19 PM

I guess I should add what we're doing to build muscle lol

We round pen and lunge over ground poles, and small jumps. We also focus on solid stops and turns. We do this 3 days a week for 30 min. Then once a week we round pen over the ground poles using a neck stretcher.

Any other tips?

lubylol 10-09-2011 11:23 PM

If you're trying to build muscle, then I wouldn't focus on jumping as much as trotting. Unless you're training them to jump, it's up to you.

But remember trotting builds muscle, while cantering burns fat
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Idlepastures 10-09-2011 11:25 PM

The small jumps are about a ft. Not training for jumping, just adding something new. Also helps my paint pick up his feet. He's lazy, lmao.

We don't hardly canter at all unless its just for a split second cause something excited them. Everything is at a trot.

mom2pride 10-09-2011 11:31 PM

Just remember that right now, they are also trying to gain weight, at the same time you are trying to have them build muscle.

Often times, I will not do alot of 'fitness' type work on a horse I am rehabbing until he is at a healthy weight...THEN when he is at a weight I feel comfortable with, I will start a workout regimine to build muscle and strengthen his body; but til then I will usually only do enough to maintain, or build manners if the horse doesn't have any. Muscle building can come once the weight has been put on. JMHO.

Idlepastures 10-09-2011 11:37 PM

They are putting weight on nicely, but I didn't want to put on fat with out muscle. So we don't work too hard, because I don't want them to burn too much. Also because I know muscle is harder to build once its lost, I was afraid to wait to long.

Do you think just keeping what I'm doing, light work, in a good regimen, will be enough?

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