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  • How to build up a miniature horses topline
  • Building horse neck muscles in round pen

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    05-02-2012, 09:44 AM
  #21
Weanling
The reason he doesn't do well in the bit is because he probably isn't just real broke and the hack has more bite to it, so he backs off it.

Your horse is hollow. He's not carrying himself wrll and until he develops some self carriage, he is going to continue to be hollow. Don't worry about hia head. Get him correct through his body and in his legs and it will come down.
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    05-15-2012, 09:48 PM
  #22
Foal
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So how can I build up my horses neck (the crest not the under muscle) from the ground? And can someone tell me what a roll back is? Im currently working him in a round pen with elasticated side reins. Thanks in advance.
     
    05-15-2012, 10:05 PM
  #23
Showing
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So how can I build up my horses neck (the crest not the under muscle) from the ground? And can someone tell me what a roll back is? Im currently working him in a round pen with elasticated side reins. Thanks in advance.
How old is he?

Neck muscles come with correct riding, same with back muscles.

On the ground, same principles apply as stated in this thread as far as I know.
     
    05-15-2012, 10:30 PM
  #24
Foal
He is a four year old miniature show horse and until this year his neck was great, so need ground work advise.....and when it says backing up, how much and how often. Plus I still don't know what a back roll is??
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    05-15-2012, 11:42 PM
  #25
Showing
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He is a four year old miniature show horse and until this year his neck was great, so need ground work advise.....and when it says backing up, how much and how often. Plus I still don't know what a back roll is??
I would go with ground driving for your handsome prince there! It's the same as riding except on the ground of course. But that way you can work on pushing him forward and really getting him to use his hind end, topline, and then of course his neck too.

A rollback.. that's a western thing. It was explained to me but I'm blanking on the exact wording so sorry if I mess this up guys. Something about traveling in one direction and doing kind of a tight you turn to go in the opposite direction?

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For backing up, you do a little every so often. Backing up a hill is great work, same with walking up it,, encouraging the horse to stretch his neck down.

How is he doing in side reins? Is he understanding what they're for?

Do a refresher on flexing at the poll so he can do it with ease. Carrot stretching before you work will help to loosen him up. I have a thread about it here: Stretches (and muscle building) for your horse

The ones for riding, you can come up with creative ways to do that on the ground :) Be sure to ask if you need help!

The important thing is not to force the headset.. it'll come naturally when the horse starts carrying itself correctly, regardless of size
     
    05-17-2012, 03:16 PM
  #26
Foal
Thanks so much for your help Angel....I will start ground driving him 2m (thats a funny phrase when you think about it isnt it? Sure where else you going to drive but on the ground! Lol) I will also try the backing up a hill...lots of them around here. He is good with the loose elastic side reins but after a while gets annoyed with them so I took them off...and he continued carrying his head better so going to try doing it for the 1st 5mins then taking them off.
     
    05-17-2012, 10:53 PM
  #27
Showing
You're welcome :)
     

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