Reply To: Building up muscle in the hindquarters

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Just be very careful with draw reins because they can easily produce the opposite effect from what one is trying to obtain. For them to work correctly and strengthen the back end, the horse has to be stretching to the bit starting at the back legs. What typically happens with draw reins is that the rider achieves an appearance of the horse being “on the bit” or “stretching to the bit”, but instead of strengthening the muscles on the underside of the neck (which are the stretching to the bit muscles and the ones that need to be strengthened) it is the muscles along the top of the neck, the muscles to resist, that end up being strengthened.