Massage for Horses Hindquarters
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HOW TO MASSAGE THE HORSES HINDQUARTERS

Horses get their power from the back-end. So when a horse has a sore back there will, 99 times out of a 100, be some muscle tension/stress in the horses hindquarters which are the gluteal muscles, the hamstrings and all the connective tissue (fascia) involved. The section between the hip and thigh bones, a big […]

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Yawning Horse
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HORSE NECK MASSAGE TECHNIQUES

The horse yawning is a good indicator of a state of relaxation. Here I use the side of my hand like a sliding effluerage/friction. You too can create your own techniques – it’s all about contact and keeping the horse happy. Horses are very sensitive to touch. They respond to a gentle muscle release with […]

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Points of a Horse
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POINTS OF A HORSE

We need a good knowledge of the points of the horse so we know what anatomical region we are talking about. It is all about discussing some of the health issues of the horse. Belly….this is located behind the last rib, the lower region before we get to the flank. Back….the back is the area […]

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Horse Muscles
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ABOUT MUSCLES OF THE HORSE

Muscle origin – the attachment of a muscle tendon to a stationery bone. Muscle insertion – the attachment of the other tendon to the moveable bone. Muscle belly – the fleshy (middle) portion of the muscle between the tendons of the origin and insertion. Muscle contraction – shortening of the muscle. Muscle release – to […]

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Horse Muscles
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THE THREE MUSCLE TYPES OF A HORSE

Muscle Types There are three types of muscle in the horse’s body: SKELETAL muscles are the ones we are mainly concerned with because they are attached to the limbs and have everything to do with movement of any type. Skeletal muscles are controlled by the brain and nervous system. The skeleton is the framework for […]

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Equine Deformation Hind Quarters
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Examples of Horse Conformational Defects

Horse conformational defects may be acquired from a build-up of muscle restriction.   Many times I have seen a horse’s rear leg turned in or out from a hip joint problem. These conformations defects will be made up from a combination of tight gluteals and fascia constriction, tight hamstrings pulling on the pelvic girdle and […]

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Assisted Horse Stretches
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Signs that your horse is in PAIN

Horses can not tell us when they are in pain. As horse owners we have to be observing our animals everyday to look out for signs of trouble. There are hundreds of problems that can cause a horse pain.  Watching out for these symptoms will help you get on top of issues quickly and with […]

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Equine Massage
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8 Equine Massage Techniques

When I work on horses I have eight techniques of horse massage. These equine massage techniques are used at different times of the treatment and considering the flow of muscle, bone and blood. Effleurage Is used to begin with and this is the technique you will se most often it is also best used when […]

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