are not anatomically designed to carry the weight of a rider.
His structure naturally puts sixty percent of his body weight
on the forelimbs with the remaining forty percent on the hindquarters.
Thus, a riding horse must learn to lift up off the shoulder
and withers area and engage the hindquarters to propel his
body forward. He does this in order to avoid damage to his
back and the joints in his lower legs. Bodywork optimizes
the horse’s economy of movement and enables the strength
and flexibility necessary for him to comfortably support a
intensely competitive equestrian community you need an edge.
Bodywork and massage can be that winning edge. If your horse
is NOT in the best possible condition for an event, that can
be the difference between standing at the top of the podium
and not finishing in the ribbons.
problems are cumulative in nature and the resulting pain and
stiffness can rob your horse of his athletic potential. A
traumatized muscle (from over use or injury) will tighten,
then spasm, then become a knot, leading to a shortening and
tearing of the muscle! No amount of rest or anti-inflammatory
medication will resolve the knot.
Heavy training and competition schedules take their toll on
the muscle system of the horse. Since muscles (damaged or
not) do not appear on radiographs, observation of how the
horse is behaving will be the main indicator of pain and muscle
damage. Signs of possible muscle damage include head tossing,
stumbling, difficulty accepting the bit, decreased stride
length and performance, difficulty with leads, refusing jumps,
bucking, balking, grumpiness, and the list goes on.
This is where Rider’s Edge comes in. Our sessions will
undo incorrect structural and neuromuscular holding patterns
in the muscles and connective tissues. The results are dramatic!
You will have a healthy and more balanced horse. Furthermore,
your horse’s chiropractic treatments will be more effective
since the muscles are no longer tight and pulling the bones
back out of alignment.