Regular training, conformational challenges, tack, habitual & compensatory postures, environmental conditions, modern husbandry and repetitive work all contribute to wear and tear on equine athletes and pleasure horses.
A tight muscle cannot get stronger.
Relaxation and suppleness are the keys to enhanced training.
Proper upkeep saves money.
Modern horses--bred for human sports-- have become more vulnerable to injuries and stress.
"Regardless of the type of activity...the physics of motion are the same...and the problems that develop from overstress will be the same. Tightened or shortened muscles increase the amount of stress...
- J. Meagher
Bodywork therapy is not a substitute for veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to see if bodywork is right for your horse.
Bodywork and Therapy Benefits:
- Strengthens muscle tone
- Increases range of motion to allow free movement
- Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints
- Refines proprioception
- Augments depletion of excessive fluids & waste
- Improves muscle contraction
- Promotes the healing process
- Boosts nutrient flow to the muscles
- Stimulates circulation and releases endorphins
- Supports whole body health by efficiently directing physiological processes
- Develops focus and willingness in sport
"Movement is the aim of the art of equestrianism, which resides in the comprehension, maintenance, and guidance of the horse's efforts in a state of physical & emotional harmony."
- Jean Marie-Denoix
MEND: align, balance, calibrate, fine-tune, fit, focus, improve, polish, readjust, rehab, service, sharpen, square, tighten, troubleshoot, tune up