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ShellP77

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ShellP77 says:

muscle atrophy

Help - any ideas how I can improve this in my horse as he is def struggling

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shimile

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shimile says:

Re: muscle atrophy

 im guessing you mean, your horse has muscle atrophy and you want to reverse it? firstly though, how much exercise is he in, and where is the muscle loss??

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ShellP77

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ShellP77 says:

Re: muscle atrophy

Hi  I am asumiung he has it as I have asked a saddle fitter and she has said that is probably what it is.  I have borrowed a saddle off a friend to try at the weekend.  As I think the saddle is resting too much on his shoulders and pinching him.  I am really stuck on this one!  I have also borrrowed a gel pad to try and lift my saddle.  If I am still no further forward I am going to have to get a professional opionion.  Hopefully once the saddle is sorted I can move forward into getting him fit again.  Bless him!!  I have only had him 6 months and it really is a balancing act!  Any advice would be great.

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shimile

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shimile says:

Re: muscle atrophy

 ok, so muscle atrophy is basically when the muscle is not used, and so wastes away, and it is a common problem with poor fitting saddles, as they prevent the muscles behind the withers from working, and so they become underdeveloped. Once you have a saddle that fits, as long as the horse is working, the muscles should build themselves back up again. Hope this helps.

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