HorseHelp: Building up your horses back, In-hand and Under Saddle
Hello everyone! I am new to this particular forum, (I have been on other forums however) and I noticed a poster on my friend's thread (Ultimate Horse Training; From the Ground Up + OTTBS) who asked about building up their horse's back muscles! I personally struggled with this; my young Morgan mare was extremely under-muscled when I met her, and her conformation and lack of consistent work in with proper self-carriage led to a very dipped, 'sway' back. Exhibit A:
And, using these exercises, the result after several months:
As you can see, this is a stunning result for only a few months! The dip behind her withers has filled, and you can yell (even under the winter fuzzies!) that the overall muscling has drastically improved.
Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps you and your horse! Feel free to comment below with any questions. Happy Riding!
Very useful information!
Thanks for posting!
The massage part is interesting. I gonna try it.
I know you can lift the back (I remember my trainer in very beginning of my training with her lifted my horse up - that was a funny feeling should I add), however I didn't know it builds muscles.
It very slowly builds up muscle, depending on how often you do it, but more importantly it teaches the horse to start lifting their back on their own, so they unknowingly build muscle out at pasture! after a couple of months, my mare started lifting her back on her own- they find it is much more comfortable than having it hollowed all the time!
My mare's back was in such bad condition that the first few times I did these lifts with her, there were loud popping noises in her spine- and a huge sigh of relief from her!
this is really interesting ill have to try this with my horse :) thanks for shareing this!
:D Thanks for reading!
Great post! Funny, I always suggest hill work, poles etc. to people but you have expanded on these really well and added so many other elements such as the back stretch - fantstic! ...and welcome to the forum by the way!! :) Looking forward to more of your posts! ha-ha
Thanks for Sharing. I had to do a double take at the picts of your horse. She is identical in coloring to a Morgan mare I used to ride.
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