CROOKEDNESS IN HORSES
Horses are naturally crooked. What do I mean by this?! They are one sided by default. Like we are - one hand is dominant, it’s the same in the horse.
Does your horse bend on one rein better than the other? Are his lateral movements better on one rein than the other? These are examples of the horse being crooked.
There is a theory behind natural crookedness, that it comes from the grazing pattern as a foal, where they can’t reach the ground as their legs...
As we have had some lovely days that feel like Spring is on it’s way, I thought this week would be a good time to be thinking about Springtime checks for our horses!
Even with the best planning and motivation in place, I’m fairly sure most of us haven’t been doing as much exercise with our horses over the winter months, as we do the rest of the year! So if you need to go through some 'bringing back into work' steps for your horses, I have all of that coming up this...
The winter months really do throw up some difficulties with keeping our horses in exercise...rain, wind, snow, ice, frozen ground..and maybe all at the same time!
It's important to keep our horses moving as best we can, to stimulate their digestive system (see last weeks posts!), increase blood flow around the body, and maintain muscle tone and core strength. As well as deal with boredom if stabled!
So here are a few Tips to help...
Brainstorm some ideas for...
Lunging can be a great way to exercise our horses, and especially in the winter months when the weather here in the UK is ‘tricky’ to say the least, lunging can be quick and effective for fitness, core strength, flexibility and maintaining muscle tone.
There are some instances where we can’t lunge our horses, but for those who can and would like more information, read on!
Tip 1: Keep your circle as large as possible
You can do this by walking a circle yourself, so that you...
Why should we be doing daily core strengthening work with our horses? Because we sit on the lowest, weakest part of their back, so this is the bit that needs to be strengthened for riding!
LET ME SHARE WITH YOU THE BENEFITS OF CORE ENGAGEMENT FOR YOUR HORSE!
Tip 1: Your horse will start working over his back
We have all heard this term, getting your horse to work over his back, and we probably know what that is or looks like, but WHY is it important and HOW do we do it? And what does...
I talking a lot about posture and core engagement for our horses as it's so important and beneficial, so going a step further, I wanted to talk about how core engagement affects different activities for our horses!
Each activity with our horses requires them to have different skills, whether we are doing dressage, jumping, cross country, endurance, groundwork.
But all of these activities or sports require good core strength for different reasons!
Through my time rehabilitating horses with injuries, one of the things I have noticed is that a lot of the horses have looked weak in their musculature, or uneven in the musculature, so I can start to see how the injuries may have happened.
Horses have not evolved for us to ride them, and they are actually a pretty poor design for riding!
They are big animals so I think it’s easy to think they are strong. However, size doesn’t alway mean strength. Are they actually strong enough...