Training Aids: How Their Fit Could Help or Hinder Longeing Horses

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Researchers know that, when used and fit properly, training aids can positively affect horses. However, improperly fitted equipment could squelch any benefits these systems offer. By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA    |    Jul 11, 2018    |    Gait Patterns, Injuries & Lameness, Lameness, Sports Medicine Researchers know that, when used and fit…

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What is the Iliopsoas? The commonly referred to “bow and string” theory indicates that the horses spine acts like a bow that can be flexed by contraction of the muscles nestled below the spine. The primary or core muscles in the back effecting motion are psoas minor, psoas major and…

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The Effect’s of Rhythmic Muscular Contraction

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Muscle elasticity, irritability and contractility (muscle tone) are rapidly returned to normal, improving function and efficiency. A great increase of blood is brought to the muscle and to neighbouring tissues with all the beneficial physiological effects. Waste tissue products are rapidly cleared away and the stagnation of lymph is prevented.…

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Being a Fit Rider is Important for Your Horse’s Health


There are many reasons why you as a rider should also train off of the horse: to concentrate on your own weaknesses and asymmetries without impacting your horse; to add a bit of excitement to your riding program; and to prevent mental or physical staleness. Specific benefits include adding weight-bearing…

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Warm Up and Cool Down to Keep Your Horse Comfortable


Improve performance and reduce injury risk with these techniques. The horse is a predator evasion machine. He’s equipped with powerful muscles, long limbs, and a flexible frame. This unrivaled athleticism does not make a horse invincible to the aches, pains, and strains of daily life, especially in his cushy domesticated…

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