I am looking for some suggestions for good exercises to help build hind end muscling. My horse has a sad, scrawny, weak hind end!
He is still green- he was started in late december- so nothing to complicated. He w/t/c steers, stops, and just this last week he jumped his first crossrail! Although I would prefer to stick to flat/poles rather than jumping exercises for now.
Currently I am doing a lot of trot and canter poles, and just introduced slightly raised trot cavalletti. We are also working a lot on transitions.
Unfortunately our ranch is totally flat, no hills, and I don't currently have access to a truck/trailer to haul to do any hill work.
It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.
Depending on where they are in their flatwork, I love counter-canter work for getting them fit and working through the hind end. If he's strong enough to hold it through the corners, great, but if he isn't, that's fine too.
Starting on the ground before you get on back your horse three sets of 15 steps.
Do this everytime you ride --not only will you develop great gaskins but you will help their back and my farrier who strongly recommends it for keeping check ligaments strong.
My farrier is a competive roper and his horses feel like our jumpers , and then need strong hind ends. I also back when I am on but like the whole ground thing cause they use they're back differently when you are not on.