EQ400E: Equine Stretching and Core Strengthening Techniques

Join Dr Nicole Rombach, MEEBW, MSc., PhD, in this two-day course that offers a complete stretching and activation routine with specific exercises that target the forelimb, the hind limb, and the trunk and core.

If you can only baby your horse one way because of limited time, safe stretching techniques and appropriate core strengthening exercises are what you need to learn. Equinology® feels that these exercises should be a part of your horse’s daily care routine. It is important that these techniques are carried out properly to avoid risk of injury, not only to the person applying the technique, but also to the horse. The techniques should be introduced in a progressive sequence, which allows the horse to become gradually accustomed to increased length of stretching time and intensity of core activation exercises.

This course is suitable for horse owners, riders, caregivers and trainers, as well as for equine practitioners who would like to enhance their skills.

Course Outline:

  • The mechanics of stretching: practitioner body mechanics and safe handling of forelimbs and hind limbs
  • A full routine of stretching exercises for the forelimb, hind limb, and spinal column
  • Core strengthening exercises to creative effective core muscle activation
  • Static and dynamic evaluation of the horse: which stretches and core activation exercises are appropriate?
  • When to stretch and when to activate? Evidence-based clinical reasoning on how to design an appropriate stretching and core strengthening programme for rehabilitation and in different disciplines

Course cost: includes manual and handouts

Prerequisites: Confident horse handling skills and a thorough understanding of equine safety

Required Reading: none

Suggested Reading:
Coloring Atlas of Horse Anatomy by Krainer and McCracken or
Illustrated Atlas of Equine Anatomy and Common Disorders by Reigal and Hakola
Physical Therapy and Massage for the Horse by Denoix and Pailloux
The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst and Davies