This is a super simple and quick quadriceps strengthening exercise that you can do with your horse. It is especially helpful on those days when weather or other factors don’t allow for more vigorous exercise. Cow-hocked horses, horses with stifle problems and horses with very tight inner thigh muscles can also benefit from this exercise. It requires little effort on the part of the horse or human, as it is what would be considered a more “passive” type of exercise.
When you identify imbalance in your horse, there are a couple of things that need to be considered when developing an exercise/stretching program for your horse. The first thing many people look at is the hypertensive (tight) muscle groups and come up with stretches to help relieve the tension. But another important factor that often gets overlooked is that of strengthening opposing muscle groups to help offset these hypertensive muscles. This exercise takes care of both sides of the proverbial coin.
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This is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or condition, nor is it meant to replace regular veterinary care. This article is for educational and information purposes only. Always consult with your veterinarian before starting your horse on any therapy plan.
Lisa Carter is a Certified Equine Massage Therapist (CEMT), with multiple certifications from several different equine bodywork schools. She incorporates her knowledge and experience with Parelli Natural Horsemanship, equine bodywork, using essential oils for animals and as a veterinary technician to provide her clients with the resources they need to make informed decisions for their horses. She encourages and facilitates network building between equine health care professionals, working together to find the best combination of therapies to meet the needs of the “whole horse”.
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