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    07-08-2008, 09:50 AM
Strapping? Calling on the UK memebers here

So in the thread about Learning To Groom, there is a British video from youtube that demonstrates a proper grooming job. It shows a "strapping pad" and how to shwack the horse on the major muscles as part of the grooming process.

So to me, it just looks like spanking and I have had horses that didn't even like to be brushed wtih a dandy brush. What benefit is the "strapping". I'm really curious! Couldn't a the same benefits of increased circulation be reached with massage or brisk currying?

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    07-08-2008, 02:15 PM
Green Broke
Yeah I saw that video too! I don't know what its for either she just smacked the horses muscle until it twitched. I was like what the heck? Lol im interested too, id like to know what it is.
    07-08-2008, 02:25 PM
Green Broke
Strapping is a traditional but very effective method to promote circulation and to build muscle. This guide shows you how to do it, without harming your horse.

That's what I got from the video. Heres a video that shows you how to do it.
    07-08-2008, 02:31 PM
I thought she was trying to wack loose hairs off or something lol. That's a little odd..doesnt riding and/or lunging promote circulation and help build muscle?
    07-08-2008, 02:37 PM
Heh heh, Well, after that second video I STILL don't see any real benefits, other than the stress relief for the groom.

That horse didn't seem to like it too much. He was a nice boy, letting her do it, and I don't feel it's cruel, but I think it looks annoying. That little twitch they look for at the end is a "flinch" in my book. I'm sure if I smacked my husband 5 times and almost hit him the 6th, he'd tense up as well. Hmmm, maybe when he gets on my nerves I can "strap" him and say it's to help build his muscles up? Then blink innocently at him.

I think exercise and a good massage would a more pleasant way to build muscle and stimulate circulation. I bet it does wonders for the person's muscle and circulation. I'd work up a sweat going for 30 reps per muscle.
    07-08-2008, 02:41 PM
Originally Posted by brightside
i thought she was trying to wack loose hairs off or something lol. That's a little odd..doesnt riding and/or lunging promote circulation and help build muscle?
Maybe we Americans are missing some great trick to getting our horses in shape? Best kept secret is OUT! :) I'd try in on rainy days while I couldn't ride if it worked, but I'd like some proof. What about the goosey horses that jump at their own shadow. Would they get more benefit from being tense all the time? Hmmm.

Seriously, I wish someone that routinely does it to explain how it builds muscles, etc. I'm very curious. It's an old tradition, I remember it being in some very old books my mom had, so I'm sure there is a reason behind it.
    07-08-2008, 02:46 PM
Green Broke
I think working a horse regularly would build muscle tone. And they call us Americans lazy lol
    07-19-2008, 05:13 PM
LMAO! :)

I'm a brit, bough up on our version of traditional horse care.Strapping is tecnicall the whole grooming prosess and the 'thwacking' part is technically called whisping. It involves firmly but not shaply slapping a horse with a soft pad. This causes the horse no pain but does make them tense their muscale. Its like a primative version of thoses muscle toming machines we use on ourselves, you know? The ones that give you tiny shocks to tone your abs!

I don't know what vedeo on youtube you guys saw but try going to, theres a really good vedeo on there that explains it all really well! :)

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