One of the areas that often gets misdiagnosed is the Topline for Horses.
A poor topline is usually blamed on exercise, saddle fit, genetics, and age-related decline. Essential nutrients play the most critical role and are often overlooked as a solution to building and maintaining healthy muscle conditions and topline. It is proven that a fit, strong topline is vital to fewer injuries. Exercise will condition the present muscles, but working alone does not build or maintain muscle. Concentrating on the appropriate activities to help strengthen these Topline muscles is also essential. Your Veterinarian knows your horse best and can be a great source of information.
Here are some additional tips for maintaining a healthy horse topline:
- Keep your horse's tack clean and well-fitting. Ill-fitting tack can stress the horse's muscles and lead to losing its definition in the top line.
- Provide your horse with plenty of opportunities to stretch and exercise. Some exercises are targeted to help the Topline. This will help to keep the muscles in the horse's back and neck long and strong.
- Avoid overworking your horse. Too much exercise can lead to muscle fatigue and a loss of definition in the top line.
- Make sure your horse has access to plenty of fresh, clean water.
- Provide your horse with a comfortable place to sleep.
- Avoid overworking your horse; this includes not allowing riders with excessive weight on your animal.
- Monitor your horse for any signs of pain or discomfort; at first, sight, call your Vet.
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