Pole Work for Horses

As I have mentioned many times before, pole work is great for improving proprioception (neural ability to know where your limbs are in relation to the world) and coordination, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, core stability, joint range of motion and health, and dynamic stretching of muscles.You can increase proprioceptive challenging by arranging sporadic poles […]

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Core Stability in Horses

Core stability is an important concept to ensure appropriate biomechanical function. Core stability assists with the dorsal ventral chain, and by achieving core stability, contraction of the long back musculature is reduced (de Oliveria et al. 2015), which assists with back function by allowing greater ventral flexion rather than extension (figure 1). Core engagement involves

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Suspensory Ligament Desmopathy in horses

Desmopathy means ligament disease, such as desmitis (ligament inflammation), but can occur without inflammation and be fascial restriction or nerve compression. The suspensory ligament (figure 1), is present in the fore and hindlimbs, with prognosis of hindlimb injury being much more guarded than forelimb, and with hindlimb often being bilateral in presentation and linked to

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Horse riding rehabilitation

Riding for Rehab

So although we could comment on a LOT of things with my position (such as my horribly contracted hip flexors!)…we are going to focus on the horse This horse is slightly older in age, and suffers from bilateral hock osteoarthritis, and has always had a slightly stubborn and “lazy” temperament (unless jumping!) These 2 images

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