She would tell us what she believed was wrong with the horse, what she was doing and why. She would show us what needed to be done over the time period and would call to see how the animal was progressing. I liked this attitude.
Ginger Ferguson
Ferguson Horse Ranch
Feeding horses on the ground - An article by Stacy Elliot

During The winter months most horses get to have a vacation from being ridden or being put to work. It seems that come spring they are put back to work and usually take a bit of conditioning to get their bodies back on track. Depending on the type of discipline the horse partakes different muscles may show soreness.

An easy way to keep your horses back muscles stretched is by feeding your horse at ground level, this is especially easy when your horse is feed square bales. Feeding your horse from elevated feeders is no help to the back or digestive system as horses move while eating it signals the digestive system to do its job. Some horses even like to paw while they eat and this helps build the flexor and extensor muscles on the front legs. Feeding on the ground will help the Longest Dorsal muscle that extends the back and neck, and many other back muscles as well as the oblique muscles. When your horse becomes stiff in the back he may also become stiff in the neck due to all the muscle attachments in the cervical vertebrae. Keeping these muscles loose is especially nice if your horse is rode in frame/dressage or does a lot of arena work come spring.

A good exercise to help your horse remember how to use his back muscles is by running a blunt edge under the midline of his stomach, like a the handle of a hoof pick. You can start just behind the front legs and apply pressure as your drawing it to the pelvis area. Look at your horses top line [top of the back] you want to see him lift his back slightly. It may only be ever so slight at first and gradually get more obvious that your horse is in fact trying to work these muscles. Keeping these muscles strengthened will also help keep your horse from developing a sway back. Keep your horse’s top line in top condition to achieve maximum Wild Horse Power