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post #1 of 2 Old 07-06-2011, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Smile stretching tips for older horses? :)

HI!! i have a 22 year old QH mare that i use for 4-h. we usually do barrel racing, poles and keyhole. the thing that is worrying me is her back 2 legs, they seem to pop alot like there not stretched. she does have alittle arthritus in them but barely any. its always just the two back legs! I just want to make sure shes all ready to run when we go in the arena! one more comment to add: i have been giving her MSM for a couple weeks! :)

Do you guys have any tips or exercises that you guys use for your older horses?

Thanks ALOT guys!!!
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-06-2011, 04:50 PM
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while joint popping is not necessarily anything to worry about unless she seems to be in pain, it can never hurt to stretch a horse ^^

we also have a senior QH mare who has very minor artheritis, and although your mare is half the age of ours (she turns fifty in february!) I think that these exercises would help your gal just as much as ours.

I would advise in stretching her all over and not just those popping joints, though!

this video has a lot of nonsense at the beginning. The girl seems rather...scatterbrained. That aside however, this is a VERY good demonstration of different exercises to do with your mare before riding. If I were you I'd just start the video at 1:10, which is where the information starts. We do all of these with Delriah, as well as a few others which I will also put up.

forelimb stretch:

hindlimb stretch:

and a favorite of ours for all of our horses:

carrot stretches:

also just a lot of circles, serpentines, slow jogs, and long and low walking can help warm a horse up before doing any loping or trotting.

Hope this helped a bit!

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