Have you found yourself trying to resolve one of the following challenges related to your horse’s posture or performance?
• Rebuilding after an injury or extended time off.
• Countering an unspecified weakness that prevents him from doing what you ask.
• Improving stiff, uncoordinated, or short-strided gaits.
• Softening a rigid or hollow topline.
• Lightening heaviness on the forehand.
• Correcting a hindquarter anomaly like locking stifles, an unstable pelvis, or a strong preference to travel one direction versus the other.
Or maybe you are wondering whether:
• His resistance to work is due to physical limitation or behavioral issues.
• He is physically capable to do what you’re asking.
• There is a specific source of his weakness or reason for his lack of progress.
• There is a cause for his need of frequent chiropractic adjustments or the way he often feels “not quite right.”
• There are ways you can make his gaits easier and more fun to ride.
Over time, horses (like people) acquire postural habits, compensate for soreness and injury, and develop poor movement patterns. This limits performance ability, causes unsoundness and health issues, and ultimately undermines the horse’s overall well-being.
Jec Aristotle Ballou has made a name for herself advocating for the horse and providing sensible instruction in his schooling, conditioning, and care. Her bestselling books and popular clinics are designed to enable any horse person to correctly apply proven principles that bring measurable progress while avoiding boredom and confusion. In her latest book 55 CORRECTIVE EXERCISES FOR HORSES, she provides a collection of mounted and unmounted exercises, demonstrating how we can actively work to improve the horse’s posture and movement, whether he is an active performance or pleasure mount, an aging or older horse that benefits from gentle exercise, or one being rehabilitated following injury, illness, or lack of conditioning.
Ballou’s positive cross–training techniques are free of shortcuts, and her guidelines for analyzing the horse’s posture and way of going help readers gain a new awareness of the equine body. Applicable for all disciplines, this is an integral collection that optimizes how the horse uses his body and helps ensure he stays sounder and healthier for more years of his life.
55 CORRECTIVE EXERCISES FOR HORSES is available now from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.
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