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These approaches can offer relief from the aches and pains of training and encourage whole-body wellness

Remember the last time you had a stiff neck, an achy joint, or a pulled muscle? Even mild discomfort can interrupt your concentration and impact your ability to perform a task or physical activity. Professional athletes rely on a combination of techniques to relieve soreness from daily training and stimulate the natural healing process.

Increasingly, horses are benefiting from many of the same modalities developed for human athletes to keep them fit and performing their best. Top competitors rely on specific therapies for their equine partners and credit them with helping keep their horses in winning condition. That can feed the fear of missing out as others rush to try similar techniques. Before you know it, you’ve spent thousands on equipment, gear, and appointments.

“Have a discussion with your vet and/or training professional to strategize how to best invest your money,” says Tracy Turner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR, who owns Turner Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, in Minneapolis,

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