Tail Stretches??

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    05-27-2010, 09:42 PM
Green Broke
Tail Stretches??

Tail pulls. Stand about an arm's length behind your horse's rear end. Because this is a very dangerous position, you must be aware at all times of the horse's reactions to your stretches. Be prepared to move out of danger immediately if necessary. Grasp the tail just above the end of the tail bone and visually align the tail with the horse's spine. Slowly and gently pull straight out from your horse's back, hold for a few seconds, and then slowly release. A sudden release of this pressure on the tail is uncomfortable for a horse's back, so go slowly. You can work up to holding this stretch for as long as two minutes, again releasing very slowly, a little pressure at a time.
When doing tail pulls, heed this caution: Because this is likely the most dangerous position for you to put yourself in, don't take your eyes off of your horse's demeanor and reaction as you perform this stretch. If your horse shows any signs of anger, fear, or distress, forego this stretch until you've had more time to prepare him mentally and physically.
I'm just curious as what this helps the horse with?
I have never heard of it personal but I was browsing the net for horse stretches and happened to come across this one.
Curios if any one used it on here and why?
I love learning new things, excited to learn something new
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    05-27-2010, 09:48 PM
It stretches the spine out, from my understanding. It will also align and crack the back sometimes. I knew an Arab gelding that absolutely loved to have his tail pulled. So much so that the second you touched his tail, he started to learn forward and "brace" himself against the pull. He always moved much better afterwards. =]
    05-27-2010, 09:54 PM
Green Broke
Thankyou for your wisdom. :)
I love this fourm lol everyone knows soo much and are always willing to share :)
    05-27-2010, 09:59 PM
Aww, thanks, but not so much wisdom on my part. Just a horse who liked having his tail pulled. =]
    05-27-2010, 10:13 PM
Green Broke
Haha it was more then I knew
    05-27-2010, 11:48 PM
Tail stretches are great for loosening and suppling your horses back and muscles and many horses enjoy this stretch - pulling against the pressure, as RicciLove pointed out. You can also perform the 'question mark' to which you grasp the horses tail bone from underneath, and push the tail up, into a question mark shape. I do tail stretches after every ride :)
    05-28-2010, 12:10 AM
Green Broke
Thanks I may start doing them... but I think I will seek assistance if I do first :)

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