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05-15-2008, 03:50 PM
Ok, my horse is pretty much in shape in cardiovascular terms...he could go forever, but I need to get his chest and his front end muscled up( He has a "uni-boob"). What should I do to muscle his chest up? Weve been using strechies, but that just made the uni-boob worse. Im pretty sure that it's not just his conformation, its just blobby, out-of shape muscle. If it dosent get better, I swear im gonna put him in a bra. :blink:
05-15-2008, 04:09 PM
LOL Too funny! :tongue_smilie: If he's sane enough, I'd try riding up and down some hills. That should help his chest and his butt
05-15-2008, 04:10 PM
P.S.------What is a Kentucky Headsetter? I heard some people talking about it earlier this week. just curious.
05-15-2008, 05:25 PM
How old is he and what do you do with him? Do you drive him?
05-15-2008, 05:36 PM
he's 13 and were showing him in CP this year
05-15-2008, 05:49 PM
Do you drive him?
05-15-2008, 06:28 PM
no just saddle work
05-15-2008, 07:11 PM
driving (jogging) would help.
Also lots of cantering work. Can't really tell you why LOL, though I'm sure it has to do with how the muscles are used at the trot vs the canter.... But I've noticed when I spend more time cantering horses they built up more chest :D Straight lines and circles....
06-01-2008, 02:02 PM
Horses bred for high speed trotting (and gaiting, it would seem) can be pretty successful at their job in the absence of a signficant development of their pectoral muscles. Alot of thes types of horse look like their legs come out of one hole. A lot of standardbreds particularly the pacers) are chestless, as are some SBs and TWHs.
I'd have to think about this for a while, but I think its sort of because the issue in both is "fling those feet out in front of you as fast as you can." The racing trotters/pacers and gaited horses raise their legs like crazy, but don't have to raise the shoulders . The pectorals don't participate in the "piston" motion or the extension/retraction phase of the stride to any great extent. The pectorals come into play in horses who turn alot, or jump, or go in more of a dressage frame.
When I got Sprout and Ace, you couldn't have used a brush between their legs, because there was no room. I thought that was just the way it was with SBs (hadn't seen too many at the time). These were horses subsequently trained for dressage and jumping. I didn't pay too much attention (i.e., do anything "special" relative to normal training for lower level event horses) but they both developed chests while I wasn't looking. No one would mistake them for QHs, of course (in terms of the width between their legs OR their attiudes about life..:), but there is muscle there.
I would second the idea of hill work. I think this works because the horse has to transfer weight to haunches and lift the chest. So probably won't work if he is just "plunging" up the hill. Same for the canter-- would be useful if you go SLOWLY, but probably not if you motor too fast Slow trot/canter work doing 15-20 meter circles help, as do serpentines. What will really help with this is lateral work -- anything that encourages the horse to cross one leg over the other. You can either do this dressage fashion, or cowboy fashion (side pass them over a pole).
and teach 'em to jump...:)
06-05-2008, 11:42 AM
I've had my horse since he was 3 and he came with no chest. I mean he was a colt and skinny so he looked like a sawhorse with a head and tail. My trainers did a lot of jogging with him and since I was training him for pleasure equitation, we did a lot of slow pattern work as well. After a few months, he started growing a chest. In the two years that he was leased by another girl for pleasure equitation, he lost the chest we had worked so hard for. Now I don't know if they ever jog him and the never let me do any pattern work since I've aged out. Chris is right about the Gaited horses, though. I used to have an old gaited horse and we dropped him down for Pleasure (I could barely control him as it was let alone if we tried to step him up like that). Within two months of working him down to be slower and more easy-gaited so he would do patterns for me, he grew such a manly chest, but his neck grew, too. Be careful and watch the neck muscles if you do slow movement work on a fast horse to build the chest. If the neck muscles get too big, they can constrict the horse's windpipe making it hard for him to breath.
it would be toooo funny to see a horse in a bra!!!!!!
09-13-2008, 10:03 AM
Stretchies work differently for different horses and depending on how long the rubber tubing is. Some horses don't like the resistance and won't pull on them. Others need long stretchies and they will reach for the end of the rubber. Either one will work the chest, you just need to see which one. Also, going slowly at the trot, with the stretchies, using a lot of impulsion from the rear will let the horse use its shoulders more and it will be less about just flinging the legs out front and not using the shoulders...Good luck
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