Core stability and strength are as important to horses as they are to riders. Maintaining stability, posture and balance can contribute to more effective training, improved performance and can reduce the risk of injury. There are a number of exercises, performed from the ground, which can supplement ridden work to help to improve core stability.
By performing these specific exercises, the core muscles that make for good posture, a strong back and assist in carrying the weight of the rider can be strengthened. These include the deep internal muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, thoracic sling, and back, together with the more superficial muscles of the trunk.
Maintaining a healthy musculature, flexibility and suppleness is an important factor in reducing the risk of muscle or tendon damage. Proprioception (body special awareness), coordination and balance are all vital to good performance. If improvements are made to elasticity, flexibility, range of movement, and reflex response time, then the reaction speed of movement is increased, resulting in better coordination.
Stretching also improves the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids allowing more oxygen and nutrients to enrich the muscles and for the toxic by-products of metabolism to be removed more efficiently, an important factor in preventing fatigue and reducing recovery time.
Equine Bodywork is never a substitute for veterinary care, and works best as part of a collaborative approach in which the horse's vet, rider and trainer, and other health-care professionals all work together to achieve the best results.
Equine Stretching & Mobility
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