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    Default Building up a pony's back end

    Wondered if anyone could advise me of some good exercises to help build up a back end?
    Harry is starting to build up nicely, his neck has come on leaps and bounds since being broken in to drive but his back end is still a little weak and doesnt match the front although he does use his back end well

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    I've just bought an equi ami for frankie, not tried it yet. Can you do hill work, schooling over raised poles?

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    Aah yes hillwork, there are lots of hills of differing gradients around the new yard so i'd better get on with some hillwork

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    I was going to suggest hill work too! I don't think you can beat it really

    We don't have any proper hills round us unfortunately
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    another one for hill work! in walk too... slowly! so they really get there muscles working... worked wonders for Phoebes back end last year!

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    You can have some of our hills if you like - you can't navigate Hastings without hitting a hill Lots of transitions should be good too
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    Transitions and hill work, and also raised trotting poles are very good too. Making sure that for all of these he's really pushing through from his back end.



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    Nice steep hills, in walk

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    Hillwork, hillwork and more hillwork - both up and down. If you can find a good grassy, non slippy hill to trot or canter down and get his hind end really under him I found that really helpful.
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    lol, i dont fancy cantering downhill in a carriage, however we did trot downhill on saturday and he worked lovely. we have plenty of hills around here so i will make sure he walks up and down them instead of powering up in trot

    He really does use his back end when being driven so i guess its just a case of keeping it up and working on the hills

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