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Spastic_Dove 05-17-2008 11:12 PM

Build topline?
Hey. I have another question about Diesel. I havent worked with him much over the winter, but I have been since about march. But he seems to be getting in shape and building muscle in his shoulders and hindquarters but not in his neck? Any suggestions?

JustDressageIt 05-18-2008 01:21 AM

Working in a frame will build neck muscles. Also working on a stretch downwards and working on flexion (both lateral and vertical) will help a ton.

jazzyrider 05-18-2008 03:26 AM

ive noticed a huge improvement in my mares topline since i started doing a lot of work on getting a nice collected trot with nice flexion around corners/circles etc. ive been working her a lot more over trot poles to. ive been noticing a marked improvement the last few weeks since doing this so yeah, pretty much what JDI said ;)

PoptartShop 05-18-2008 03:43 AM

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Yeah JDI pretty much said it all! :D

Spirithorse 05-18-2008 09:58 AM

Working the horse on hills is very beneficial. That really helped develop my horse's top line in all areas.

galantova 05-25-2008 06:20 PM

lunging with a chambon can be beneficial too.

Spastic_Dove 05-25-2008 06:47 PM


Originally Posted by galantova
lunging with a chambon can be beneficial too.

What is a Chambon?
You guys are all giving great advice, thanks a bunch.

galantova 05-25-2008 07:05 PM

here is the wikipedia article about the chambon:

Miss Katie 05-26-2008 01:01 AM

But just make sure with the chambon that the horse is relaxed and using his back, and not just having his head forced in place.

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