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Benefits of Core Strength

What Is Core Strength? In basic terms, the core refers to the muscles around your trunk and pelvis – the abdominal wall, hips, lower back and diaphragm. More specifically, it includes the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, erector spinae, pelvic floor muscles, and the internal and external obliques; the muscles provide overall support during work, rest […]

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The Stride Free Saddle Concept: I’m A Fan!

I had heard of Peter Horobin for many years before having the pleasure of meeting him. Until that time he was like Yoda the character from Star Wars, a legend, however, I had never seen him!! I was introduced to him by a colleague and good friend Peter Muscatt, a previous assistant trainer to Chris Waller. […]

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Benefits of Stretching For You and Your Horse

Ahead Of The Game So if I told you that stretching your horse every day would mean that he/she will feel fantastic, reduce the risk of injury and fatigue, improve recovery, improve strength and potentially achieve greater results  (not to mention the positive effect it has on the mind…) I am sure you would do […]

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Does Equi-Ice Spook Your Horse?

One misconception about the application of ice to your horse is that it may spook or unsettle your animal.  This is completely false and should not be a concern. Like any therapeutic treatment, you should always take care when introducing anything to a horse for the first time, however, this is just general horsemanship and […]

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Modalities Of Equine Physiotherapy

Horses And Humans Need Different Treatments Physiotherapy modalities used on the equine patient are similar if not exactly the same used for people. Like human physiotherapy, it is vital to ensure that the professional diagnosing and treating your horse is not only qualified with the correct credentials but also has experience in treating both human and […]

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Does The Horse Shake Off Equi-Ice Packs?

Equi-Ice has been designed to ensure maximum comfort. However, the packs also to allow the animal to remove it if they resent application. This is to ensure the safety of horse and owner. Due to its unique design, the weight of the ice in the pack allows for movement of the horse without much movement […]

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4 Things To Keep In Your Laminitis Prevention Toolkit

This article basically describes the serious condition that horses can get, called laminitis. Laminitis affects horses hooves so that they are unable to even walk, this article details or simple steps and we can use to eliminate laminitis should read this article, and to keep some things on them at all times stop laminitis. Finally, […]

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Top 4 Mindset Myths That Hold Riders Back

There are four myths discussed in this article regarding riding horses. The first myth is that people think they’re not good enough to be riders because they aren’t naturally inclined to be the best at riding. With a bit more effort anyone can be a great rider. The second myth it feels like it takes years […]

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When To Use Icing and Heating On Equine Injury

Icing and Heating: Acute Versus Chronic? In a traditional sense, ice has been recommended for acute injuries, which may be any injury within the first 72 hours and up until the inflammatory response has resolved.  Whereas, heat has been recommended for chronic injuries, which is the time period loosely noted to be 2-3 weeks post […]

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The 4 Stages Of Healing Following An Acute Injury

When horses (and other athletes) sustain an acute injury, healing follows a standard process. Read on to find out more. The Four Stages Haemostasis Occurs directly following an acute injury, whereby platelets in the blood adhere to the injured site.  Within this phase, platelet activation creates an amorphous shape change, more suitable for clotting whilst […]

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Common Causes Of Back Pain In Horses

Back Pain Is Common In Horses Back pain in horses is very common because it is the direct point of contact with the rider’s weight and movement weather this be a dressage horse or racehorse. The back takes all the impact and this can be affected by the saddle not fitting correctly either putting pressure […]

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Heat vs Ice In Horse Recovery

The Effects of Heat Heat increases blood flow to the affected region. This is beneficial for tight muscles or sore point, since more blood flow means more nutrients and oxygen are transported to damaged tissue, therefore speeding healing. Heat can also help to reduce pain and muscle spasm therefore preparing the horse for the saddle […]

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When Should You Use Ice For Horse Recovery?

Ice For Recovery In Horses The benefits of icing have been documented for many years. Whether it be the reduction of inflammation, pain relief or to assist in recovery. Acute injuries are the most common ones we treat with ice therapy to immediately reduce inflammation occurring and to take away the pain. Just as in […]

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Why Do Athletes Use Ice For Recovery?

In 2013, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid star revealed he has had his own ‘ice-box’ Cryotherapy chamber fitted in his home. He takes two three-minute sessions a week and credits this to taking his already incredible strength and fitness to another level. So why do athletes use cryotherapy for recovery?

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Treating Equine Girth Gall with Equi-Ice

Girth gall is the result of the girth pinching and/or rubbing against your horse, and can not only be quite painful for your horse, but often a difficult area to treat!  Treating a girth gall with the new Equi-Ice neck ice pack is easy, and helps reduce pain, swelling and inflammation.  Have a look at the […]

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