Stretching & Mobility

Horses instinctively know how to stretch; they stretch spontaneously, continually and naturally, tuning up the muscles they need to use most.   In normal conditions, a horse will not overstretch.

 

Regular stretching will benefit your horse and will give you feedback on their condition.

 

Some of the benefits of stretching may be: 

  • Relaxation 

  • Reduction of overall muscle tension and stiffness. 

  • Increased circulation of blood and lymph fluids. 

  • Increased oxygenation and nutrition in the tissues. 

  • Increased elasticity of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. 

  • Increased flexibility and range of motion of the joints. 

  • Improved coordination. 

  • Reduction of muscle strain and ligament sprain. 

  • Improvement of the stride length. 

  • Improved reflex time response. 

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