Dynamic Mobility Exercises

Did you know that maintaining flexibility and a strong core is just as important in equine athletes as it is in human athletes? 

 

That's right!!!

 

Keeping your horse flexible and strong in its core will not only help to reduce the risk of injury, it may also enhance your horse's performance.

 

Some of the stretches Dr. Marshall-Gibson and Dr. Finazzo frequently recommend include: 

  • Straight Butt-Tucks

  • Oblique Butt-Tucks

  • Sternal Lifts

  • Psoas Circles

  • Carrot Stretches

Below are images and videos of these exercises being performed. For further instructions and information about whether these exercises would be good for your horse, please contact our veterinarians by phone at: (970) 368-3125 or by email at: office@frequine.com.

Dr. Marshall-Gibson demonstrating proper hand-placement for Straight Butt-Tucks.

Dr. Marshall-Gibson asking the horse engage its gluteal muscles and lift its haunches to perform Straight Butt-tucks.

Dr. Marshall-Gibson asking the horse to bend laterally to perform Oblique Butt-Tucks.

Dr. Finazzo demonstrating where to apply pressure when asking your horse to perform Sternal Lifts.

Dr. Finazzo performing Sternal Lifts. Note how straight the horse's back is when its muscles achieves max engagement.

An instructional video of Dr. Finazzo performing Sternal Lifts. 

Veterinary technician, Whitney, performing Lateral Carrot stretches.

Dr. Finazzo performing Psoas Circles. Note how she is supporting the horse by its cannon bone and how little she lifts the leg off the ground.