Stretches and Core Building Exercises for the Horse


For many years I have recognized the importance of stretching exercises to improve range of motion on stiff horses. I have been teaching people to do "treat stretches" for this reason. Because I was teaching people how to stretch their equine pals, I purchased this book with some great photos of these exercises to use as a visual aid. I found the photos useful as they allowed people to see what we were trying to accomplish with each exercise. While looking at the photos, I noticed that that Dr. Stubbs and Dr. Clayton were doing things differently than me.

As Dr. Stubbs is an esteemed physical therapist and Dr. Clayton is a well respected equine veterinarian (specializing in equine sports medicine and biomechanics), I decided to read the text and watch the video. From this book and video I learned how to use these exercises to not only improve range of motion but also to help strengthen the muscles of the neck, back, abdomen and pelvis. Think of it as core training for horses.

Activate Your Horse's Core Unmounted Exercises for Dynamic Mobility, Strength & Balance is by Dr. Narelle Stubbs and Dr. Hilary Clayton. The price is $50. The book is laminated (stable hardy) with 30 color photographs and illustrations. The 95 minute long DVD is to be watched in a step-by-step fashion. (Once you and your horse have learned one segment then view the next segment.) This book can be purchased directly from me or from various online distributors.

Many people have bought this book on my recommendation and have seen great results with the program. These exercises are great for building back and core strength in both the equine athlete and pasture pet. If your horse has back pain, an injury, a neurological condition or is on stall rest, I can teach you which of these exercises are appropriate for your horse.