Why do I need to stretch or strengthen my horse and/or myself?
Body tissue works with the concept of cellular memory. Pain and/or restriction influences normal movement patterns and dysfunctional patterns of movement are learnt and constantly re-stimulated.
In order to oppose this magnificent physiological phenomenon, re-education is required to enhance correct movement post treatment. The body needs to be reminded and stimulated to know that after treatment pain is gone and restriction is no longer there, there is no reason to continue with dysfunctional movement patterns.
Because of this intrinsic cellular memory, re-education is advised through specific stretching and exercise to suite each individual needs.
Mostly done on hind quarters.
These are what I call crocodiles. 1 crocodile, 2 crocodile…
The exercise is called rhythmic stabilisation. Push against the horse so that he pushes back against you with the same force. If pulling toward you which is an easier way to get muscle response, be sure to check for correct muscle activity. Repeat 10 crocodiles, 5 times.
When stabilisers are very weak be careful not to push horse over or alternatively don’t let him lie on you with his full weight. In this case push very lightly and intermittently. Force him to stand by himself with out hanging on his joints.
Activations should be done like strengthening exercises. These muscle are not strengthened by how hard a contraction can go but by how long the contraction can be held.
Master Hind Limbs
Stretches are to be done gently. Never force a stretch. Take it until you feel resistance from the muscle tissue and firmly but lightly hold it there. Constantly be aware of the horses response. Hold for 20-30 seconds, repeat 3 times. You will get further each time. Never force a stretch. Never stretch a cold horse.
Stretches are to be done gently. Never force a stretch. Take it until you feel resistance from the muscle tissue and firmly but lightly hold it there. Constantly be aware of the horse’s response. Hold for 20-30 seconds, repeat 3 times. You will get further each time. Never force a stretch. Never stretch a cold horse.