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mrstorres2566 09-27-2013 12:14 AM

Building up a top line
 
My gelding was a fatty when I got him. He has been on a diet and exercise regime since. But he is losing weight in all the wrong places. He lost his top line, his rump and his neck, but his gut is still huge. Is there something I can do to add muscle to these places?

tinyliny 09-27-2013 03:02 AM

If I remember correctly, did you not have some concerns on the saddle fit.? That can create some of what you ar seeing.

Foxtail Ranch 09-27-2013 05:33 AM

Hills and long trotting build top line.
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mrstorres2566 09-27-2013 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by tinyliny (Post 3737633)
If I remember correctly, did you not have some concerns on the saddle fit.? That can create some of what you ar seeing.

Yeah, but we changed out the saddle already. The new one fits him nicely.

Foxtail Ranch 09-28-2013 08:43 PM

Do you have hills?
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mrstorres2566 09-29-2013 12:51 AM

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Originally Posted by tiffanyodonnell (Post 3749801)
Do you have hills?
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Yeah, a few on the trails, but they are in extremely rocky areas or other rough terrain so trotting there is not ideal.

barrelbeginner 09-29-2013 02:05 AM

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Originally Posted by mrstorres2566 (Post 3743065)
Yeah, but we changed out the saddle already. The new one fits him nicely.


Did you buy a new saddle? Once he gets his topline back- won't you have to find a different one? or will that not matter?

mrstorres2566 09-29-2013 06:15 PM

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Originally Posted by barrelbeginner (Post 3751337)
Did you buy a new saddle? Once he gets his topline back- won't you have to find a different one? or will that not matter?

No, just swapped it out with another saddle I found up in the hay loft. Once he builds up his top line and gets where we want him weight wise, I am getting a Pat Parelli saddle. I can't wait!

waresbear 09-29-2013 07:27 PM

If you have no hills where you can long trot up, just long trot and really get your horse to use his hind end by using really your seat to push him.

mrstorres2566 09-29-2013 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by waresbear (Post 3755801)
If you have no hills where you can long trot up, just long trot and really get your horse to use his hind end by using really your seat to push him.

We have been doing a lot of trotting in the ring. Unfortunately I hurt my knee yesterday dismounting. How, I have NO idea. Somehow the toe of my boot got tangled in the stirrup, again don't ask me how, and my knee popped. Now it's all swollen and it hurts. I tried trotting today, and well, yeah it's going to be a few days on that. But thanks for the input :)


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