Stretching- good or bad?

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        11-08-2009, 01:32 PM
    Green Broke
    Stretching- good or bad?

    I recently read about a study that a group of vetrinarians did on horse stretching and was VERY suprised by the results. They took 3 groups of horses and tested how stretching changes the way the trot up(length of stride) and the flexability of the joint. The first group had nothing done to them, the second had stretching 3-4 times a week and the third had stretching done 6 times a week. The horses that were stretched 3 times a week proved to have an increase of range of motion in their joints but no difference in stride length. But the horses that were stretced 6 times a week had a DECREASE in range of motion in the horses stifles, hocks, and sholders compaired to the other 2 groups. This was suprising to me because of all the people who swear by stretching their horses all the time.
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        11-08-2009, 01:35 PM
    WOW! Interesting story!

    I do Carrot Stretches with Nelson before and after our ride about 5 days a week.

    I guess I'll have to stop stretching :/
        11-08-2009, 01:37 PM
    Green Broke
    I KNEW you would be first to comment on this! LOL! Or just deminish the time you stretch. It's always strange to find out what your doing might hinder more than help eh?
        11-08-2009, 01:46 PM
    Did they stretch before or after warm up? I've been reading a bit about the dangers of stretching before warming up and how it can actually hurt the muscle/tendons/etc.

    Do you have the study name? I'd be interested to read it too!
        11-08-2009, 01:47 PM
    Wow that is weird em yeah I don't know bout it now I stretch alot lol
        11-08-2009, 01:49 PM
    Green Broke
    It was in Equus magazine around September. It was just a daily thing, They said that it could be potentally dangerous stretching before working out, I jsut ride on a long rein
        11-08-2009, 01:55 PM
    Green Broke
    Very interesting Stormy! Thanks for sharing. I only stretch their legs in the winter but maybe I will only do it 3 rides a week
        11-08-2009, 02:00 PM
    Green Broke
    Hey drew! Havn't heard from ya in awhile!
        11-08-2009, 02:01 PM
    Ah ha ha! How'd you know I would respond?

    I will definitely stop stretching Boo before our ride! That's scarey to think that I've been causing harm!

    Thanks for posting this Stormy! I do greatly appreciate it!
        11-08-2009, 02:03 PM
    Green Broke
    I'm a physcic.... lolz!
    At least you know and you can fix it!

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