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    11-25-2009, 01:53 PM
Stretching Your Horse

So basically, I knew the basic stretches for a horse, but there were other things that I knew needed stretched and I wasn't sure how to do it and I looked on youtube and found this video. Now before I perform these stretches, I would like to show you this and let me know if these stretches are good or not. Also, before anyone says, I do know how my horse is and I know what and what not to do to her will see what I mean when you see the girl get directly behind her horse and pull on his tail. Thank you for any comments.

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    11-25-2009, 03:18 PM
I personally would take that video with a grain of salt. Anyone can post on your tube and she's dosent sound professional.
I've known people who don't stretch because they are worried about injuring the horse. I don't stretch my horse, I just do a normal warm up. Talk to a message therapist about it if you can find a good one (thats certified.)
    11-25-2009, 04:19 PM
There was a really good thread on here a few weeks ago about new research that shows stretching isn't actually good for horses.

I'm sure it'll be one of the first thread to pop up if you search "stretching".
    11-25-2009, 05:07 PM
Green Broke
Yea, my thread was called Stretching- good or bad? Here is the link- Stretching- good or bad?
    11-25-2009, 05:33 PM
Ok great! Thanks guys...gals lol sorry. Yea I heard that it wasn't good, and that it was good, and back and fourth. So what I just do is mostly lateral flexion. But what stumps me is that when you stretch (either yourself or anything) it releases good chemicals, and all that good stuff (which I should know since I'm in anatomy in college but my mind is drawing a blank at themoment lol)
    11-25-2009, 08:51 PM
Green Broke
But some streatching causes tearing in the muscles, and daily stretching doesn't give the muscle enough time to recover
    11-25-2009, 11:11 PM
I agree with you all the way stormyblues! Lol I have never stretched my horse everyday, just once in a blue moon.
    11-26-2009, 10:48 PM
Green Broke
Cool, I don't know how to stretch, so I don't do it, I would be devistated if I did more harm than good!

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