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At the last County-Wide  Agency Training we had the opportunity to listen and learn for Don Moore D.C.

Here is a refresher on his per-ride stretches that was showed to us prior to the training.

HANDS ON EQUINE CARE

BY
DON MOORE D.C.
drdonmoore@yhoo.com
949-295-4263

Pre-Ride/Pre-Event Stretches

1    Carrot Stretches

a.     Side to Side. Stretch head/neck pass midline

b.     Up and Down. Reaching as high as you can go. Then between their leg for  a bow.

 

2.   Fetlock Release

a.     Support Sesamoid bones and bring the hoof through a full range of motion.

3.   Cannon Rotations

a.     With your elbow locked into theirs, lift the hoof to 90 degrees and rotate counter clockwise 3times.

b.     With elbow still into theirs rotate cannon clockwise 3 times

 

4.   Front Leg Stretches

a.     Pull front leg forward. Supporting under horses “knee”.

Allow 12 to 15 seconds for the horse to truly “give” you their leg.

b.     Rotated leg counters clockwise. Watch the scapula movement up

on the whithers. Remember to use your legs, no matter what let

the horse win if they pull away.

c.      Rotate leg clockwise; Watch the scapula movement up on the whithers. Remember her too let the horse win if they pull away.

d.     Pull front leg back; it simulates “Running”. Hold for 12 to 15 seconds.

 

5.   Hind Legs

a.     Rear Fetlocks. There is a suspensory ligament that supports

the hoof. So extend the leg down and let the hoof drop and

support sesamoid bones and bring the hoof through a full

range of motion.

b.     Extend leg back and let it relax; remember to use your legs;

No matter what let the horse win if they pull back.

c.      Pull the leg forward; stretching the hind side of the horses back

Leg. Remember to use your legs; no matter what let the horse win

If they pull back.

6.   Tail Pull

a.     Only twice a month

7.     Belly scratches to arch the back up. Please be careful for kicking legs.

Place your hands under the horse's chest and belly, fingers up. Press your fingernails into the sternum and upper abdomen. The horse's muscles should tighten and the back rise. If this doesn't happen, reposition your hands or scratch a little by closing and opening your hands slightly while applying upward pressure.

 

Some horses are irritated by this stretch/scratch.