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post #1 of 4 Old 01-10-2009, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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How far is too far

My horse is supposed to do bows to stretch out his back, as well as massaging certain spots and doing neck stretches. I keep forgetting to ask the equine massuese (sp?) though. How far is too far? He LOVES his treats, and will stick both front legs straight out with his head between his legs all the way with his nose touching the floor to get the treat. Is the further he goes better, or after a bit does it stop stretching his back and just become a trick?

Heres a picture kind of like what he does (it's not him), but he has his head between his legs, reaching under his belly for the treat.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-10-2009, 01:10 PM
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I don't know enough about equine anatomy and physiology to know how much that type of position would do for a horse's back but regardless to him it's always going to be a trick. He's never going to see it "time for stretching" as it is to you. I would do some research online to see how much that position does. Tho I could imagine it might cause some stretching of some sort I can also imagine how much tension it might be putting on his lower back.
As I said I do not know enough about the equine anatomy to know but I would probably ask a vet vs someone who "specifies" in equine chiro and massage.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-11-2009, 04:39 PM
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This is just a comment, but sometimes I see horses stretching like that on there own, to stretch out there backs, so this is my opinion but I think if its not bothering the horse then its probably ok, because horse most often try to self preserve themselves, though we know that doesn't mean they don't get into trouble.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-13-2009, 01:46 PM
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I've heard that their elbows should be about 6 inches off the ground and then they should be stretched enough. I'm not possitive though, just what i've heard.
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