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How to keep your horse supple. Isla Millar Equine Sports Massage Therapist. How to keep your horse supple. What is suppleness Why it is important Why do problems occur. How you can improve suppleness Ridden Exercises. What is suppleness?. bend. flexibility. range of movement.

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how to keep your horse supple
How to keep your horse supple

Isla Millar

Equine Sports Massage Therapist

RDA November 2008

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How to keep your horse supple
  • What is suppleness
  • Why it is important
  • Why do problems occur
  • How you can improve suppleness
  • Ridden Exercises

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what is suppleness
What is suppleness?

bend

flexibility

range of movement

elasticity

expressive

softness

agility

athletic

responsive

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What is suppleness?

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how movement is created
How movement is created

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How movement is created

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degree of suppleness possible
Degree of suppleness possible
  • Depends on individual –
    • Age
    • Stage of training
    • Type = breed, size, build, conformation
  • Anatomy

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why suppleness is important
Why suppleness is important
  • Normal joint Range of Movement
  • Correct muscle development
  • Weight distribution
  • Balance
  • Large, swift movements
  • Muscles support joints
  • Muscles protect soft tissues

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why do problems occur
Why do problems occur
  • Type of exercise / training
  • Lack of fitness and conditioning
  • Insufficient warm up and cool down
  • Rider – technique, weight and balance
  • Injury / lameness - compensatory problems
  • Management and care
  • Age

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problems caused by a lack of suppleness
Problems caused by a lack of suppleness
  • Incorrect weight distribution
  • Loss of balance
  • Reduced joint Range of Movement
  • Asymmetrical muscle development
  • Greater strain on joints and soft tissues e.g. tendons and ligaments

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how you can improve suppleness
How you can improve suppleness
  • Correct exercise / training
  • Improve or vary riding
  • Handling
  • Turnout
  • Massage & passive stretching

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exercise to improve suppleness
Exercise to improve suppleness
  • Vary the type of exercise
  • Work in line with fitness and conditioning
  • Warm up and cool down
  • Incorporate dynamic stretching / suppling exercises

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ridden exercises
Ridden Exercises

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How to keep your horse supple

Equine Sports Massage Therapist

Isla Millar

ITEC Dip Equine Sports Massage; ITEC Dip Sports & Remedial Massage; ITEC Dip Anatomy, Physiology & Massage

Telephone: 07717 175773

Email: isla@themillars.net

RDA November 2008