I try to remember to do it before I even get on, I mostly like doing it because I feel sometimes their skin gets bunched up under the girth after it has been tightened, so I feel like stretching the front legs out helps. I don't really understand stretching after warming up?! I do think it would benefit your horse more to stretch their legs before warming up/work outs, just like before you would work out you would want to stretch so that your body wont be as sore the day after as it would had you not stretched.
Originally Posted by 1RedHorse
FYI you're not supposed to stretch before you warm up. About 15 minutes after you begin warming up you stretch. When you stretch a cold horse....you risk doing more harm then good.
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^^^I guess that makes sense in a way....is this something you read or you have been told?
The only time I could think stretching before warming up could be harmful would be if you were to stretch your horse after it being tied for a long length of time or being stalled for a long length of time but I find it hard to believe it could harm a horse who has been moving around all day in a pasture.