Preliminary results from research suggest you can strengthen your horse’s core muscles to help him be healthier, no matter his job in life.
“One of the things we know from human medical research is that when people get back pain, the deep stabilizer muscles turn off. When the back pain goes away, these muscles don’t turn on again. There is a very high recurrence rate of back pain, something like 70-80% in people (Hides, et. al, 2001). But if they go to physical therapy and learn how to turn on these deep stabilizer muscles, then the rates of recurrence of back pain are reduced to about 30%. We suspect the same thing is happening in horses.
“So far our studies have found that when the horses have done core training exercises for a few weeks, they have better posture, they stand better, they’re rounder, they’re more elevated through the withers, and they perform better, especially in the collected movements.”–Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University
Clayton wants her Arabian horses performing
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