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  1. Horse Conformation Critique
    Hi All, First time poster and just picked up this rescue boy and looking for some advice. I’m faced with a horse that has a odd body shape and I’d like to know if you think this is because of some poor breeding (being his situation I wouldn’t be surprised) or if I can expect that with weight...
  2. Horse Tack and Equipment
    My girl is next to impossible to build a solid topline. She dishes and I read that dishing horses are harder to put in frame or take the correct lead. Not sure how true this is but considering what I go through, it makes sense. She is also 19 and a bit set in her way 🤣 So because of the issues...
  3. Horse Health
    Hello everyone! I bought my horse in November 2020 and have been working to reduce his sway back a bit and build up his top line. I know my saddle and blanket fit well, but it seems like nothings getting better. I work with him nearly everyday and try to do work that would strengthen those...
  4. Horse Health
    So I know a topline develops from the horse stretching long and low. Many saddle seat horses I know have an excellent topline even though they hold their heads high. Is it possible to develop a topline like that? And if so what are some exercises I can do on my Saddlebred? *no hate against...
  5. Horse Health
    A chiropractor told me that I need to build up a topline on my 13 year old Appaloosa gelding. Any suggestions of how I can build a topline on the ground as well as while riding him? Also how long does it usually take for a horse to build a topline? Thanks!
  6. Horse Training
    I really want to improve my mare's topline. I wouldn't know where i would even begin so if you could give details i would appreciate it thanks!
  7. Horse Health
    Hey everyone, So my boy has been on a fattening diet for the first 6 months I had him. He was very skinny. He is a Clydie X, so he doesn't need much feed at all. Now he's a big healthy pony, maybe a little bit too fat for my liking. I have changed his diet. I've started working him a month...
  8. Horse Nutrition
    This is an awesome article that highlights all of the aspects of building a horse's topline. Spoiler: there isn't just one magic answer. DEVELOPING AN IDEAL TOPLINE
  9. Horse Nutrition
    Hi, I'm new on here so I'm sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong place. I've got a 13 yr. old arab gelding and I've been giving him a break for the past 6 months or so because my life is so crazy, but now that spring is coming I want to start working with him again. His topline is significantly...
  10. Horse Health
    I know many people say that topline helps a horse when it is ridden because a horse's back wasn't made to carry the weight of a rider. But I have a buckskin that I am mainly just going to play around on and trail ride, occasionally do a rodeo for fun with my friends, compete in some SCA events...
  11. Horse Training
    Hi all- yesterday I had a saddle fitter come out to ensure my saddle was fitting correctly. I have recently purchased a 10 year old 16hh untracked thoroughbred mare. Previously I had been riding this same horse for a solid 4 years. We mainly plot around hunter style, do some jumps, nothing...
  12. Horse Health
    So I recently started training a big forgotten TB who has been in a stall for years with infrequent and minimal turnout in an arena...did I mention years? So of course he had zero muscle tone and topline...what topline? I have been working him slowly to try and bring him back into some sort of...
  13. Horse Health
    Hi, My 12 year old tb is not gaining any topline. He is wormed regularly, had a vet check only about 2 months ago and always has his feet done. He gets, per day (scoop is 1/2L scoop) - 3 biscuits of pasture hay - 2 scoops of maxi soy - 2 scoops of supercool fattening pellets - 12 scoops of...
  14. Horse Health
    My QH has a pocket behind each shoulder blade and I would like to have it fill in somehow. Any suggestions?
  15. Horse Talk
    New horse-owner here, still learning the ropes. I was doing groundwork with my horse yesterday, under the supervision of the owner of the riding school where he's agisted. The school-owner remarked that a particular exercise would be good for my horse because it would help develop his topline...
  16. Horse Training
    Hey guys, So very recently I heard of cavaletti. I have seen them before, but never paid much attention. I read that they can be good for building top line. I was wondering, how does one go about starting up? I have a few old poles and stands lying around, but I haven't jumped for years...
  17. Horse Training
    Hello everyone, I just got a new paint mare as a rescue. She is 9 years old and is NOT underweight (of course I'm still trying to add weight to her) She does however lack a topline. This is a bit of an understatement. She has no muscle in her back at all. I am wondering what kind of exercises I...
  18. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    My mare is an ex-racer, and therefore carries her head very high, and has a very hard mouth. She has no topline, and I think this is partially due to holding her head so high. I'm trying to get her working long and low, and we're making teeny tiny amounts of progress (better than none of...
  19. Horse Training
    This summer I really want to whip my lease into shape. Last summer I worked with him quite a bit but I was rather naieve and never thought to condition him or slowly bring him into the work I wanted to do with him (even though it was only very basic work). Because he hadnt been worked all winter...
  20. Horse Riding Critique
    Danny is a 22 year old (or so we think) Arabian gelding. i have heard recently that his topline/rump could use some work. Please tell me what you think of his weight/muscling and conformation.He is worked often (3-7 hours a week) he shows hunters and gymnakah also. Looking for any...
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