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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