Coming out of a sedentary life style, Kitt’s muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons are unaccustomed to physical stress. Even moving to a field with a hill was a wake up call for Kitty! With the goal of going from atrophied to excellent, my mind started to spin with the question- Where do we start??? The answer came pretty simply after watching all the sleek Kentucky Derby contenders march around the paddock. Kitt would build muscle the same way the thoroughbreds start- Hand Walking!
Noble Outfitters featured rider, Erin Sylvester, looks forward to Rover cross country day after a successful dressage test on Friday! Erin’s Irish thoroughbred, Paddy the Caddy, has proven to be a strong and tactical cross country horse and will be a fierce competitor today as he makes his debut run at the Kentucky 3-Day. We were so fortunate to be able to pull Erin aside from her busy day and talk about cross-country and horse health! Here are four highlights of Erin Sylvester’s training and sports medicine program that help horses prepare for and recover from America’s 4* cross-country course.
So then begs the question… how to build a horse’s topline? Muscle development in horses can be a tricking game—particularly for older horses, those with long backs, and breeds with less genetic muscle density. In efforts to put muscle on a horse, I have found a few guidelines that help me to be effective and fair.
With sensitivity to feel a single fly, a horse’s back muscles support our weight, act as the center of balance, and maintain suppleness to shape his movement. Keeping such a dynamic part of the horse strong and pain free not only enables him to perform, but also to move soundly through day to day functions.
I’m so excited to kick off my blog with a post near and dear to my heart! With a 20 year old heart horse, I’m careful to keep an eye on her overall wellness, and strive to do right by her as an individual. I hope you enjoy my post as I try and navigate through keeping senior horses at their best!