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tialovesanimals 01-02-2013 05:53 PM

Saggy belly - how to fix it?
 
The horse I ride - and the owners allow me to help take care of - has a saggy belly. I'm not sure if it's fixable - but I don't like it. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could fix it? That is, If it is fixable?

countrylove 01-02-2013 06:00 PM

Subbing... I asked the same question and was told trotting up and down hills with the rider in a two point position will help but I can not ride right now due to a solid layer of ice hiding under very slippery powdery snow (perfect for snowboarding lol)

Also working on collection and getting their back rounded and using the ring of muscles.

Can't wait to hear more opinions :)
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tialovesanimals 01-02-2013 06:01 PM

The owners won't allow me to ride him yet, but when I can I'll make sure to try that!! thanks!

countrylove 01-02-2013 06:06 PM

Same boat as me (kinda) :D need ground work ideas :D
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tialovesanimals 01-02-2013 06:11 PM

I know a lot of groundwork! but thanks!

Endiku 01-02-2013 07:00 PM

By saggy belly do you mean the horse has no back muscles/topline to tuck his belly and work, or do you mean a hay belly? Or perhaps even a bloated belly? Saggy could mean a lot of things.

My mare's belly became 'saggy' when I worked herafter she was out of work for a few months to have a foal. I first thought it was worms, then bad hay...but that wasn't it. She had simply lost the muscle that she usually used to keep it 'tucked' and neat. Once I got her working well again and using herself correctly, it dissapeared in a matter of weeks.

DriftingShadow 01-02-2013 08:42 PM

For ground work exercises, trot the horse up and down hills using a lunge line. That is what I did with Drifter. i also trotted him over ground poles/calvaletti on the lunge. It was a slow process but it did help.

countrylove 01-02-2013 10:00 PM

My horse bores easily so I try to avoid a lot of lunge work unless we can mix it up. I have to keep her thinking by switching things up. So its helpful to know ground poles will work too. Now at least I can switch between hills and poles. Thanks :D
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franknbeans 01-02-2013 10:07 PM

There is a tickling type excercise my chiro showed me years ago to help keep my old guys topline from sagging. Surely cannot hurt. They all have a "tickle spot" of sorts under theis belly, close to where their belly button would be....Some are more sensitive than others, but is you basically stick a finger (some take 2) into them until you see them raise their back muscles......Make them hold it a few seconds, then release. Do it several times every day. Helped mine.......I will see if I can find something to illustrate it....

franknbeans 01-02-2013 10:10 PM

Here you go
Video: Belly Lift Horse Stretch | eHow.com


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