equine is the only athlete in the world
that often goes to work without being
stretched before a workout.
often do we see a warm up go like this.
Groom the horse quickly because we are in
a hurry, tack up, walk to the arena, get
on, walk for a few minutes, trot, canter
and then consider the horse warmed up and
ready to perform!! Really!!! How about a
warm up!! Stretching
relaxes the muscular system and there fore
increases flexibility. Stretching
transports oxygen to sore muscles and
quickly removes toxins so recovery is
faster and your ride will be so much
better. Stretching works as a deep
therapy technique as it
activates muscle fibers
during the stretch allowing transportation
of toxins out of the muscles quicker.
benefits of stretch therapy include
improved flexibility, disposition,
stamina, greater range of motion and
reduces strain on tendons and ligaments.
Massage therapy is not only beneficial for
rehabilitation following an injury
it also prevents injuries from occurring
in the first place.
is very important to have an idea of the
before you begin stretching. It is equally
important that your posture is balanced
when you do the stretches with your horse
so you do not injure yourself. With some
practice, you can stretch your horse
benefiting both of your bodies. Learning
the insertions and origins of muscles and
the importance of Ligaments and
motion can help you understand which
stretches to use and how often. Make sure
the muscles are warm from movement or
grooming before you stretch. Look for my
book that shows you how to stretch
yourself and your horse in the same
session in a short amount of time!
the conformation of the horse you are
working on will also give you a guide to
the stretches that will benefit an
individual animal. A general knowledge of
movement, balanced hooves, along with
saddle fitting and good dental work will
help to make sure that the animal you work
on is capable of performing
the movements we ask from him or her to
their absolute optimum.