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post #1 of 10 Old 12-12-2011, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Do You Stretch?

Hey guys, just a random thought for the day. How many of you stretch your barrel horses?

I used to stretch mine a small amount after warming up. I then went to a barrel clinic and they showed us how to properly stretch them so I learned a lot more there and now do it all the time. I can definitely tell a difference!

How about you?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-12-2011, 06:40 PM
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I stretch their legs after warming up.

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-12-2011, 06:41 PM
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I have to stretch my mare before roping or running barrels. I normally stretch her before and after warming up. I also have seen a difference. She will turn way harder when I'm heading off of her and be less mad at me when I wanna barrel race her (She doesn't really like it...)

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-13-2011, 07:40 PM
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I don't stretch Bailey because the couple times I did I didn't notice a single difference. However, I do stretch Rebel because he's older and likes to limber up before running.

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-16-2011, 07:40 PM
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Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. If they feel stiff I will. If they are nice and limber, I won't.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-16-2011, 07:55 PM
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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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post #7 of 10 Old 12-16-2011, 09:52 PM
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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.


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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.

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post #8 of 10 Old 12-16-2011, 10:46 PM
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Every trainer I've ever worked with has stated this. I know in soccer we'd jog a lap first then stretch....same principle.

I'm referring to stalled horses and horses that have been hauled to a run :)
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Every trainer I've ever worked with has stated this. I know in soccer we'd jog a lap first then stretch....same principle.

I'm referring to stalled horses and horses that have been hauled to a run :)
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Oh okay, like I said before I see the sense in it.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-20-2011, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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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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Agreed!
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