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8 Simple Stretches for Your Horse

Performing stretches before and after exercise has long been utilized as a preventative and therapeutic modality to optimize musculoskeletal health and safety. Prior to riding, stretching encourages balanced function, thereby helping prevent injury and optimize performance. After a ride, stretches will “reset” muscles back to their resting length and can reduce post-exercise soreness. Think of how much better you feel when you take the time to stretch – it only makes sense that our horse would enjoy the same benefit. Most of us have had the pleasure of observing our horses perform a luxurious, full-body stretch upon rising. Their wide yawns and contented expressions never fail to make us a smile. Looking closely, this unassisted, spontaneous action is essentially the body’s way of “awakening” the musculoskeletal system by increasing circulation and aligning muscle fibres. Technically speaking, a stretch is the action of taking a muscle or muscle group past its…

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