Hamstring Stretch For Horses – Improve Flexibility And Performance
Do you have a horse that could use an improved topline, is built downhill, could benefit from more spring in the hindquarters, or has limited flexion in the hindlegs? Well, chances are they have tight hamstrings. Watch the video below to learn a simple hamstring stretch for horses which will improve both flexibility and performance in your horse. Regardless of whether you have a top performance athlete or a pasture pet, ANY horse can benefit from hamstring stretches.
Benefits Of More Flexible Hamstrings For The Horse
- Better able to engage hindquarters
- Improved flexibility and angle in the hindlegs/hindquarters (great for horses that are “straight-legged”)
- Reduced risk of injury to muscles, tendons, ligaments, hocks, and stifles
- May help improve topline as the horse is better able to engage the hindquarters and collect
- Improve performance/athleticism as the horse is better able to “power up” in the hindquarters
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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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Thank you Lisa!
This video is just what I needed to see. My mare Roxanne has been stiff in the back end for a month now. I will usse these ideas to stretch her. I know I need to do my yoga everyday to feel good. It makes sense that performance horses might need to stretch too!
Thanks so much for watching MarVeena! I hope that Roxanne will benefit from this stretch. It’s such a wonderful thing to add to your routine and can really help a horse “power up”.
I know you said you could do this stretch every day. How many times should you do the stretch when you do it? Thanks. Love your videos.
Hi Michelle, thanks so much!! I just do it until they can give me one good stretch, I don’t ask for it multiple times unless they are having to keep taking it away a bunch. I just want them to give me a good try, then let it go. It will then just get easier for them each day as long as you release on what you want.