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Dressage10135 06-09-2011 12:41 AM

Exercises for improving topline
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I couldn't find a specific thread on this so I thought I'd start one. As many of you know, I'm leasing a horse (Peanut) and am getting into a full riding "workload" per week. I've noticed he's getting leaner and developing muscle but was wondering if there are any specific exercises I can be doing to develop his top line better? Or is it just maintaining the roundness and impulsion and it will develop on its own? Thanks!!

ETA: I realize he will never be an upper level prospect, but I am just getting going so for now he is a great horse to learn on.

smrobs 06-09-2011 01:33 AM

Aw, I still <3 Peanut. The only things I know to suggest are hill work and long and low work. P looks rather hunky right there though :wink:.

Dressage10135 06-09-2011 01:46 AM

Thanks Jen! He thinks he's pretty handsome :lol:

I've got so many hills to ride on, so that will work perfect. Trot up? Canter? Walk?

I'm thinking trot up and walk down? I have no clue lol

smrobs 06-09-2011 02:00 AM

I'm not really sure either LOL. I've never really had to worry about trying to build topline. I would assume that lots of walking because that's more work?? *shrugs* IDK :lol:.

kitten_Val 06-09-2011 06:53 AM

Hills and poles would be a typical advice.

Although I have to say I didn't find poles to be very useful in my own routine, and we have no hills around what so ever. :D So I basically just ask them to go round each time we ride. So far works for me.

~*~anebel~*~ 06-09-2011 10:13 AM

Correct riding builds correct muscling. And of course time.
I cross train with my horses as well, and of course hills and poles will also work, but they should be included in your program regardless.
Good luck!
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Dressage10135 06-09-2011 01:31 PM

Ok so basically I need to keep doing what I have been and just be patient! Not one of my stronger points :lol:

Thanks guys!

Kayty 06-09-2011 09:49 PM

Haha yes Dressage10135, unfortunately you MUST be patient if you want to get anywhere with a horse. Rushing create errors, which may seem non-problematic in the short term, but the long term training and soundness will be severely compromised.

kitten_Val 06-09-2011 10:55 PM

It's not too bad, Dressage. :wink: Took me several months last year, but this year after the winter break they grew muscles back faster (I'd say about a month or so).

Dressage10135 06-09-2011 11:02 PM

Oh yeah, I know I don't want to take shortcuts.. i just want results! :lol:

Maybe I'll put up some progress pics along the way and see if you guys can see a difference!

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