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post #1 of 6 Old 12-04-2011, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Tail pull stretch?

I have heard of this stretch before but i got confused when i reseached it. My understanding of it was that you stand to the side of the rump and gentle pull the tail towards you hold for 5 seconds the release. When i research it one of the information matched mine, they said to stand behind the horse and pull its tail towards you.
I know that the sidewards one can be done because i have see it before, i was just wondering how this helps the horses and what muscles it is using.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-04-2011, 12:17 PM
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Since the tail bone is a continuation of the spine, pulling on the tail stretches out the spine.

My horse really loves this stretch and will lean into it.

ETA- I've always done it straight behind; I've never seen anyone doing it to the side, but then again, I don't see people doing it all that often anyway. I get lots of weird looks from beginner lesson riders when I do it
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I always do it straight behind too, I didn't know there was such a thing as a sideways one, never see my chiro do it either but I will ask next. Cinny really likes it and will lean in to it, then immediately turn around and demand his peppermint NOW dang it LOL.
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Oh darn. I had a demo held by angela hall and she did the sidewards one. I wonder why there are two . thank-you
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-04-2011, 03:41 PM
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Saw a thing in a book of Linda Tellington-jones doing it straight behind and from the side. I do it straight behind.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-04-2011, 06:47 PM
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I used to do it as part of my pre-riding warm ups for the school horses, but after getting farted at one too many times- I decided that it wasn't so necessary after all. Especially after the time that there were flying projectiles ;)
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