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Topline buliding exercises?

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  • hannahnicole250 Original Poster hannahnicole250
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    I have a 19 year old haflinger who turns 20 in March. Coco became mine about 2 years ago in June because his owner passed away. He was kept in terrible conditions where he went days on end with out water through out the seasons & was kept mostly in a stall. The stall wasn’t mucked out. Ever. My mom & I spent a year getting him used to not hovering & hogging the water trough, keeping weight on him, & getting him used to a stall again. When we first took him to our barn, he panicked in a stall & always ran other horses off the water trough. Granted he’s better now, and an amazing ride. But, since being kept in a stall half his life, he has a really bad swayed back. I was wondering if there was any exercises to fix this because it looks really sad. I don’t have a lot of hills in my area (sadly ): ) but if there are any suggestions to building his Topline up & maybe (hopefully) making his swayed back disappear. I do have jumps & ground poles & he is a wonderful jumper. Any suggestions would be extremely wonderful!!

    angelbuckley
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    We have a stretch we use on our older Oldenburg and it works on all horses to stretch their back up. You stand behind the horse and put your thumbs on either side of the croup, just out from the spine, about where his rump begins, and draw your thumbs down towards his tail. Your hands should be on either side of the tail. It makes them stretch their backs up like a cat stretch. Just make sure your horse doesn’t kick. Usually the first time it is a big stretch and the next time a smaller one. We usually only do it twice. And you can visibly see his back is raised. Hope I explained it well enough.
    We also switched our feed to a high fat low sugar feed that keeps our boys top line looking good.
    Good luck

    ally.shy
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    If it was my horse these are the steps I would take. 1. Add more protein and amino acids into his diet either by fortified grain or supplements 2. Take him to see a chiro. (something could be out and cause more issues, also the chiropractor can show you a lot of stretches for helping that area specifically.) 3. Allow him to stretch his head down and then collect him up so that he uses his back to move his body. Backing up builds muscle all over their rear ends and top line. I back around the entire arena several times during a ride. Really makes them watch where their feet are going. Bending his head from side to side will stretch those muscles. Also, make sure your saddle fits well to allow more muscle to grow under saddle. A saddle that is too tight will hinder muscle building. Hope all of that makes sense. 😛

    hannahnicole250 Original Poster hannahnicole250
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    If it was my horse these are the steps I would take. 1. Add more protein and amino acids into his diet either by fortified grain or supplements 2. Take him to see a chiro. (something could be out and cause more issues, also the chiropractor can show you a lot of stretches for helping that area specifically.) 3. Allow him to stretch his head down and then collect him up so that he uses his back to move his body. Backing up builds muscle all over their rear ends and top line. I back around the entire arena several times during a ride. Really makes them watch where their feet are going. Bending his head from side to side will stretch those muscles. Also, make sure your saddle fits well to allow more muscle to grow under saddle. A saddle that is too tight will hinder muscle building. Hope all of that makes sense. :P

    The chiropractor was the very first thing I did, that and getting his saddle fitted. Then smartpak helped me set up his Smartpaks. We’ve started on tons of hills and working to really stretch out his back. So far, the results have really been night & day. Thank you for your ideas!! (:

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