May 22, 2013.Reading time 8 minutes.
To build the muscles that strengthen a horse’s topline, first you have to get the horse to work correctly — to use his back, engage his abdominals, and push from behind and connect with your hand. You can tell when a horse isn’t working correctly by looking at his musculature. If your horse’s underneck is […]
May 20, 2013.Reading time 6 minutes.
One of my theories about why Sheldon is so unhappy about bits is that, as a race horse, he most likely had his tongue tied during races. Many trainers routinely tie down a horse’s tongue to prevent the Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate (DDSP) or to prevent a horse from getting its tongue over […]
April 1, 2013.Reading time 4 minutes.
Sheldon is a good acupuncture patient. He stands quietly while Dr. Carol inserts the needles, letting her insert them deeply (Freedom can’t take that — when he gets acupuncture the needles are only inserted a small amount). Sheldon has absolutely huge releases in the shape of yawns, neck stretches and shakes, and his muscles twitch […]
June 25, 2009.Reading time 1 minute.
How much do you know about your horses muscular skeletal system? It’s one thing to look at diagrams, but this illustration shows you in living color how your horse is put together. Understanding the underlying structure of your horse and seeing how the muscles work (especially when the horse is in motion) provides much greater […]
March 30, 2009.Reading time less than 1 minute.
I’ve written before about how to massage your horse. I’m a big fan of Jim Masterson’s DVD. But I’ve never before seen a video of a horse massaging a human. I need to teach my boy how to do this!