Equine Rehab &Therapy
Your Subtitle text

Exercises & Stretches

Excercises & Stretches For Your Horse
Below are links to pdf downloadable documents you may print and use to help your horse.   If you need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the document, you may download it for free at Adobe.

Please only use these with Jeff Moore's advice or direction
.

Back Program - The back of any horse is the bridge that connects the propulsion with the turning ability, a sort of transmission if you will. It is also the weakest link in that connection and the place we as riders put pressure through our weight. (Adapted from "Physical Therapy and Massage for the Horse," Jean-Pierre Pailloux)

Hip Program - The hip is the power and drive of the horse. Hips can become sore from a number of causes, impact traumas (kicks, poor or abrupt trailering, etc.) cumulative strain issues (compensatory overwork or poorly conditioned exercises) or from a number of other areas, like hocks, lower back strains, etc. This set of exercises are useful when recovering from hip problems or building up a weak hip. (Adapted from "Physical Therapy and Massage for the Horse," Jean-Pierre Pailloux)

Two-Way Stretch - This set of exercises is very good for loosening up the shoulders and helping the horse shift it weight to the rear. Start by loosening up the horse and have him/her walk through seven cavalettis.  (Adapted from "Gymnastic Exercises for Horses the Classical Way," Eleanor Russell)

Cavaletti Exercises - This is very good for suppling the horse, increasing concentration and working each leg independently.  Start with one cavaletti on the ground at a walk and build up to seven. When the horse walks through this calmly, with head down, start to raise individual poles. The purpose is to vary both the height and the distance between them, requiring the horse to concentrate on how it moves it legs and where it needs to place them. This works on both the physical suppling and hones the propioceptive response (the neurological system that tells a horse where he is in time and space, where his feet are and how to move the body to get where he needs to be).  (Adapted from "Gymnastic Exercises for Horses the Classical Way," Eleanor Russell)

Advanced Exercises - For the more advanced horses there are a series of exercises that loosen and supple the shoulders, back and hips. These assume that the horse already knows how to do shoulder ins, hindquarters in and trot pirouettes. (Adapted from "Gymnastic Exercises for Horses the Classical Way," Eleanor Russell)