Horse stretching is a vital part of caring for your horse and can sometimes be overlooked, even though it offers fantastic benefits, such as flexibility and suppleness that can help remarkably improve your horse’s health. The benefits of stretching over time can lead to; improved muscle growth and tone, a wider range of motion in joints plus quicker recovery post-exercise. According to Equisearch holding a stretch for 30 seconds can help restart the bodies remodelling process. Well worth the investment each day.
Horse’s need stretching out just as often as their human does. Post-ride or during a cool down is the perfect time to incorporate some stretching technique’s as the horse’s muscles and tendons will already be warm and less likely to stress anything too far.
There are many benefits to stretching your horse:
Safety first! We would recommend wearing a hat when performing these stretches.
Please also contact your vet before completing any stretches if your horse has any ligament scar tissue or torn muscles as sometimes stretching can worsen any previous injuries.
Before beginning a stretch, ensure your horse is stood in an area with good, level footing and ask him to stand squarely.
This stretch will help the shoulder, elbow and carpal. Please be aware that this stretch is not recommended for horses that have had lower limb ligament injuries.
This stretch is good for stretching the neck and if your horse shows weakness in their turns.
This stretch will help to stretch the top of the neck from the poll to the withers.
This stretch will help soften your horses’ shoulder and elbow. This is also a great stretch to do to unfold skin that may have been pinched under the girth.
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