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Old 14-05-2007, 06:46 PM   #1
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Question help, my horse is losing his top line!!

hey everyone,
my horse is losing his top line and im having difficulty getting it back- i've been doing lots of hill work but its having little effect

are there any extra excercises i can do? any suggestions would be muchly appreciated
thanks!
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Old 14-05-2007, 06:49 PM   #2
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hmmm out of the blue here, but when you say work, how much? Like 4 times a week and what are you doing?

For me a lot of riding is once a week LOL
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Old 14-05-2007, 06:51 PM   #3
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Whats he / she being fed?
Is he / she rugged?
How is he / she for weight???

Got a piccy?
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Old 14-05-2007, 06:58 PM   #4
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i no my boy lost hes for a while but i lunged him for a couple of weeks bout 30mins a day and that broughty it back up
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Old 14-05-2007, 07:06 PM   #5
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As said before, piccies would be helpful? How often do you work him/what type of work/how old is he?? The best thing I have found for building top line on my mare is working her long and low. When I bring her back into work after spelling (which equals horrible neck and absolutely no top line!!!) I start by lunging for 15-20 mins 4-5 times in the first week in the low position of my pessoa system or loose side reins, then drop this to 2 times a week and a couple of rides with long and low work and moving from behind. Once they start building a bit more of a topline and muscle, you can start asking for morefrom them and it will continue to improve. Just my opinion and what has worked for me.
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Old 14-05-2007, 07:09 PM   #6
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Some horses are born with a natural topline.... others need long/low work & correct feed.

Things like ill fitted saddle are a killer for bad topline as well.
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Old 15-05-2007, 03:14 PM   #7
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ok, well this was cal 6 months ago


this is him now



in terms of work he gets ridden 6 days a week-5 proper work outs of about 50 mins to 1hr and 1 social trail ride

Every ride we need to go up to a neighboring property (25 mins down the road) its a very hilly area, so he's doing hills at walk trot and canter most days

our workout are mainly dressage (our showjumps got stolen) we do lots of up/down transitions and lenghthen & shortening of strides

he keeps his weight on a little too easily- he's grazing throughout the day and gets a handful of hav monring & night and 3 cups of pellets (half a scoop)

in terms of rugs he has a cottong & bib on during the day, in the pm he's in a sheltered yard woth cotton,bib, p/f neck rug and a eurohunter true blue

what do you think?

hmmm...
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Old 15-05-2007, 07:20 PM   #8
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I dunno , I am no nutritionist, but with the freezing winter coming on lots of horses are losing their roundness if on grass only, which is probably not quite enough for a horse ridden for an hour with faster work on hills every day. A handful of hay and a couple cups of filler pellets would hardly touch the sides. He has a half tonne of muscle to maintain. Gotta feed the need for speed.

How does everyone define 'keeping weight on'? To me, Cal still has a grass-tum, but his neck, shoulder and HQ are wasting a bit. Could be the photo though.
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Of course they don't look as flash as they do with a wooly winter coat then a sparkling summer coat so I don't think that last picture is really relevent expecially seeing he's got one leg resting. Maybe take another body shot now?
Like mentioned you might not be feeding enough. The work load you have for him sounds like an aweful lot. Maybe cut it down a bit.
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Old 15-05-2007, 10:26 PM   #10
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Nice horse Wooki.....but I agree with BB, hes got a pot belly or grass belly. (Bit like those starving african kids, all skinny with a big belly cause there not eating enough.....lol....)

I would increase his hay, Lotsa hay... you cant go wrong!!!

Hard feed (try something simular)
Chaff
Barley, or Lupins or full fat soy, or pellets
Copra
Minerals

A horse getting ridden 6 times a week needs to be fed accordingly. I believe you can exercise a horse but he wont put on muscle without the right feeding.

No matter how much long and low riding you do if your horse is burning all his energy then he will drop weight were it counts the most.

You say he keeps his weight on, but to me looks like in all the wrong places. Try adding more protein into his feed and see how you go

Goodluck

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