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I don’t seem to have the right code to put the “Listen Now” button directly here, but you can just go to the Horse Tip Daily website, and listen to the podcast there at this link. (Scroll down to find where you can hit play and “Listen now.”

This is about one of the techniques taught in the free webinar, Natural Healing Secrets for Rescued and Adopted Animals, which you can get by joining my e-mail members here.

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Here are a few tips to keep any stretches you do with your horse safe and effective.

  1. Have a sense of what muscles you are stretching and why before you begin. Unless the muscles across one side of a joint are initially tighter than others across the same joint, you may create an imbalance over time by only stretching one group.
  2. Apply stretches slowly! This way both you and your horse have a chance to feel when it’s time to stop before the range of motion is taken too far. If muscles are overstretched, a necessary but counter-productive guarding response occurs, or worse, a muscle or tendon may be injured.
  3. Gently jostle your horse’s leg or neck before applying any stretch. This will help muscles relax, reducing initial (and maybe unnecessary) guarding responses.
  4. Do not hold stretches for more than 1-2 seconds, but rather keep the joint moving slowly in and out of a comfortable, easy “stretch,” repeating several times rather than one long stretch. The range of motion will (usually) increase a little with each repetition, and you will avoid many potential pitfalls of the longer static stretches. The longer stretches require much more skill and experience from both you and your horse to be done well.
  5. Use either massage or exercise to warm muscles up before doing stretches. This will reduce the chances of causing a strained muscle, though even a warmed-up muscle must be stretched appropriately for safety.

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