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ChloeWindle96

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MUSCLE WASTAGE?

hi, ive got a 6 year old TB who only raced maximum of 4 times and had a year out before i bought him! i bought him to produce a young horse (5 at the time)  so that i could look back and think of our journey. As hes my FIRST BOUGHT horse (ive had previous loans) he will be with me forever and will not be sold. To the point...

Poser was trained to fast and wasnt really proven to be a racehorse but with time and correct training he could of been. As you all know race horses are trained from a very early age and poser was trained to hard (what ive been told) so when i got him he was skinny (hip bones sticking out, skinny back&legs and hardly a neck on him) but now hes a perfect weight and looks stunning! I had the vet out last winter and the vet said he had muscle wastage around the hind (bum) and thats what was causing him to buck in canter!

so i was wondering is theres any lunging techniques you could sujest? i know it will take a long time as theres no fast recovery from it but any idea's will help!!!!!!!!!!!

THANKYOU!x

*fuzzy picture few months after i got him

**picture of us, he NEVER let you touch his face but now i can grab his face and hug him and he'll fall to sleep

***riding him for the first time in 6 months (had winter off, and spent other months just bonding with occasional ride and lunge!

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: MUSCLE WASTAGE?

Firstly, well done in getting him well again and he is lovely.  For muscle wastage in the rear end and with the bucking, I would get him a session with a properly qualified vet physio to give a good deep massage and free off anything that is tight, as this is usually the case with horses with a history like yours - I have a showjumper and he needed some freeing up last year too.  To build up the muscle the ideal thing to use is a pessoa lungeing aid - you don't need to get the "real McCoy", I got a copy from ebay called a Top Flyte and it is just the same but about £50 cheaper.  It will encourage his legs under him and get him into the correct outline and using all his back muscles properly, but start with short sessions in walk only, about 5 mins each rein, no more than 3 times a week, and build it up weekly to longer and add in trotting.  When he's getting stronger add in canter work and build up to 20 mins in total but no longer than that really, but you could do it more than 3 times a week at that point.  I once had a thoroughbred with sacro iliac joint probs who was developing muscle wastage and the pessoa really helped him so much.

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: MUSCLE WASTAGE?

and when you want a change from the arena, and you're happy to hack, then good old countryside up hills is fab

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ChloeWindle96

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Re: MUSCLE WASTAGE?

thank you guys! im seeing if my yard owner has a pessoa if not i shall invest in one!

Just to throw in another question, do you know how to stop horses from neaughty behaviour on lunge eg, bucking, rearing and clowing in on the circle? thanks x

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msg_minx

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msg_minx says:

Re: MUSCLE WASTAGE?

Yes I was going to suggest lots of hacks and uphill si good.

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