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    Default "Dry" muscles in dressage horses' backs?

    On the other board, which I can no longer post to, there is a discussion of photos of GP horses in the jog, and their back muscle development. One of the posters said that many of them had "dry" muscles. Does anyone know what this refers to? I've never heard the term before...



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    I'm pretty sure it was galopp/ideayoda who posted that comment. Maybe she'll explain here.
    Whatever.



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    I think maybe it was someone called Panachart?



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    When you do a google search on the term Dry Muscles you get alot of body buildiing sites that refer to that as lean muscles. In referance to bulking up with both muscles and fat.



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    Usually the term is dry boned which are horses with tight/articulated tendons as to the leg muscles. Dry backed? Haven't heard of that. The pictures of the trot ups from the Olympics showed very undeveloped back lines, lack of muscles behind the shoulders and dropped backs all of which would be hidden under the pads.
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    i believe the comment is meant to refer to muscle that is not plump and elastic - instead tight and non elastic = not healthy.

    perhaps panache will re register here and explain.



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    can someone post the link here so i can see the pics?



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    When stallions are being approved 'dry boned' is complement, a good thing. Dry backed ????
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    I'm curious. which pictures are we talking about here?



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    Trot ups from the games. It got booted from the Special events part, can't find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ideayoda View Post
    The pictures of the trot ups from the Olympics showed very undeveloped back lines, lack of muscles behind the shoulders and dropped backs all of which would be hidden under the pads.
    I fail to see which horse you are referring to.

    All the pictures I've seen so far from the Olympics shows pretty well muscled horses. How could have they reached that level otherwise?
    Last edited by alibi_18; Dec. 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM.


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    i found this image but cant find others.... and dont have time to look for more.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/48273027226787831/



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    the link showed them all from the side.
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    Found it.

    Here's the original link.



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    Wow I must assume that was just the worst angle possible.

    I was at the last qualifier in Ontario end of May(fixing shoes so got up close and personal) and saw a lot of the Canadian and US horses without tack in the FEI area and can 100% garuntee their top lines were nothing like this.

    Just in the 'A' area a horse with a back like that would have stuck out. Looks like the photographer got many of them at the height of the top of the ribs and there is some weird trick of the camera to make them look like that. I would burn those pictures lol


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    Really? All those horses look just fine to me.


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    What I found most troubling was the purple wall or banner behind the horses. Sometimes it would juuust peek above their backs in a disconcerting way!

    I thought most of the horses looked just fine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ideayoda View Post
    Usually the term is dry boned which are horses with tight/articulated tendons as to the leg muscles. Dry backed? Haven't heard of that. The pictures of the trot ups from the Olympics showed very undeveloped back lines, lack of muscles behind the shoulders and dropped backs all of which would be hidden under the pads.
    I've never heard the term dry backed either. But, OMG, I agree with IdeaYoda! I only saw three (I think it was) with what I would consider properly muscled backs, especially for top level horses like this! Wow wow wow.
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    The British and American horses are fatter. Check out the ribs or lack thereof.



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    They are all positioned with the leg closest to the camera extending forward. This means that the back muscles on that side will appear 'down' and somewhat hallow (the opposite is true in the stance phase). I think these pictures are something of an optical illusion. I've had the good fortunate to run numerous horses on a treadmill and its really cool to watch how the back moves close-up. The horses are also not being asked to round their back (although most carry themselves quite nicely ). They look quite muscled to me, especially the hindquarters and neck, which I don't think you'd be able to build without the bridge in between!

    I was also very appreciative of how few were overweight. I feel like a majority of the FEI-level horses I see at US shows are overweight and in some ways that's what we have come to see as 'normal.'


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