Dr Gillian Tabor shares some practical tips on carrot stretches* and how to get started with them.
We have all heard that we should do carrot stretches* with our horses. The research shows us they are good for mobility of the spine, using the major muscles to create the movement, and there are also good effects on the deeper muscles that are responsible for stabilising the spine. But are there any issues in using them with your horse? When is it sensible not to do them? Are there good and bad ways to do them?
In this video, Dr Gillian Tabor talks through the technique recommendations and the reasons behind this selection. By demonstrating the exercises on two horses, you can see how to do them in the real world and Gillian explains why you should not worry too much about the finer details. Whilst avoiding risks of them causing harm, we can use them not to achieve ‘perfection’ but to build robustness of movement.
*Also known as, and technically more accurately called, dynamic mobilisation exercises or muscle activation exercises!
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