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Core stability and strength exercises for the non-ridden horse: Chapters 2-4
April 27, 2023
A lot of core stability exercises are about moving the horse slightly off balance so that he needs to engage his muscles to maintain that balance. The tail pull works by using the tail as a lever to create the imbalance. As with the other exercises, it is subtle, using gentle pressure. There should be no discomfort involved, and you should find that your horse relaxes into the exercise after a minute or two. If he doesn't, perhaps this isn't the right exercise for him. A horse who is uptight will not be engaging his muscles effectively. He will be tensing those movement muscles getting ready to run, rather than using the stability muscles.
Award winning film on equine behaviour
January 1, 2023
The 35 minute documentary _[The 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain: Shifting the Paradigm of How We See Lameness]_ captured a Winnie Award
Understanding and Using the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram
May 9, 2022
The Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram (RHpE) is a list of 24 behaviours, the majority of which are ten or more times likely to be seen in a horse with musculoskeletal pain. Studies have shown that a horse who shows 8 or more of the 24 behaviours listed in the ridden horse pain ethogram is likely to have musculoskeletal pain.