This is the second part of 2-part series on rib cage mobilizing exercises for the horse. As mentioned in the previous article, horses can develop the habit over time of holding their ribs to one side, making them “one-sided”. This can affect things like lead changes, lateral flexion and circles/turns, which require the horse to freely move (or bend) through the rib cage. Doing exercises with our horses that help remind their bodies that they can move in the non-dominant direction is important to put them on the road to becoming more balanced and to may also improve performance.
This video demonstrates a simple stretch that I show to my equine massage clients and which when added to the daily routine, can significantly improve spinal/thoracic flexibility and help to overcome muscle memory.
Read Part 1 of this series here – http://www.heavenlygaitsequinemassage.com/rib-cage-mobilizing-exercises-horse-part-1/
The information in this article is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any condition or illness. Nor is it meant replace proper veterinary care. It is meant for educational purposes only. Always consult your chosen veterinary professional before starting your horse or other animal on any therapy.
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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