Think of any movement activity you have enjoyed in the past – dancing, running, skiing, yoga, working with weights… For each of these activities, posture is important. We know that if we do not have good posture and movement for the activities we do, we risk injury.
The same is true for our horses.
Horses are large animals, they are strong, but their bodies are adapted for long hours browsing and grazing, moving slowly with heads down and the occasional sprint from danger.
We ask them to carry us, jumping obstacles, performing complicated movements in the dressage arena, chasing cows, and many other physically demanding tasks.
Even going along a trail with us sitting on their backs is a movement that can, long term, be potentially harmful, if our horses do not know how to effectively carry our weight.
In this video, I will explain what “weight bearing posture” is for our horses so you can recognize if your horse is moving in a healthy way.
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