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Archive for category: Backs

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Why Massage Therapy sends horses to sleep

Ever wondered why you put your Equilibrium Therapy Massage Pad on and your horse dozes off? One of the well known benefits of massage is that it can reduce stress. During a massage endorphins are released by the pituitary gland, these are the body’s natural feel good hormones. The release of endorphins suppresses stress hormones, […]

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Feeding at Variable Heights in the Stable

Sponsored Rider Judy Harvey uses different feeding heights in her stable after attending the Equine Sports Science Seminar with Centaur Biomechanics, where Sharon May-Davies presented about the requirement for domesticated horses to have variable feeding positions. Why should you be feeding at variable heights? While horses are grazers, if you watch them in the field, […]

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Simple stretches to help keep your horse supple

Stretching your horse is an easy way to keep your horse supple and helps to maintain good muscle health. Stretches should only be carried out once the muscles have been warmed up. After exercise is the best time to stretch your horse, alternatively using the Equilibrium Therapy Massage Pad and the Massage Mitt on key […]

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Introduction – A Guide to Better Backs

Horses have evolved over millions of years to be free ranging herbivores – they were not designed to carry humans on their backs or to perform the various gymnastics and repetitive movements we expect them to do. As a result many horses and ponies can end up suffering from chronic back problems that can lead […]

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Coping with a cold back

Christine East, a McTimoney Animal Practitioner, shares her expertise on how to care for your cold-backed horse. An increasing number of horses are being diagnosed as ‘cold-backed’, and the problem is much more common than many horse owners think. So what does it actually mean, and how can it be treated? What does ‘cold-backed’ mean? […]