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Stretch Exercises for Your Horse

Blignault, Karen

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ISBN 10: 1908809167 / ISBN 13: 9781908809162
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Occupational therapist and equestrian trainer Karin Blignault explains: The importance of stretch exercises in preventing injury, alleviating pain and improving performance The need to develop suppleness in tandem with strength. The important role of classical ridden movements as active stretch exercises. Num Pages: 176 pages, Illustrations. BIC Classification: WNGH; WSN. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 223 x 203 x 28. Weight in Grams: 654. . 2013. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781908809162

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Title: Stretch Exercises for Your Horse

Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd

Binding: Hardcover

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The controlled stretching of muscles has been an integral part of the training of human athletes for many years. Scientific studies, and results in the field, have proved the value of stretch exercises in improving performance and guarding against injury. Human therapist and equestrian trainer Karin Blignault, shows how the principles long applied to human athletes can be used for the considerable benefit of horses and the enhancement of their performance, across the whole range of equestrian sport. Karin explains the role of stretch exercises in preventing injury, alleviating pain and improving performance, the need to develop suppleness in tandem with strength, and the part played by the classical ridden movements in the gymnastic development of the horse. After discussing the basic anatomy and physiology of muscles and how they work together in specific groups, Karin describes a number of mounted and dismounted exercises which benefit specific groups of muscles and explains how each exercise should be performed. "Stretch Exercises for your Horse" should be of interest to all owners and trainers of sport horses, and all those who wish to contribute to the constructive development of the horses they ride.

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A professional human athlete would never expect to perform at full potential without a proper stretching warm–up, yet riders ask this of their horses all the time. In Stretch Exercises for Your Horse, occupational therapist and equestrian trainer Karin Blignault illustrates how the controlled stretching of muscles long used to enhance human athletic performance can also be applied to the horse to prevent injury, alleviate pain, and improve performance. The individual exercises are explained in detail, with clear instructions providing the basic anatomy and physiology of the muscles, which exercises benefit which muscles, and the fundamental principles of performing both passive stretches from the ground and active stretching exercises from the saddle. All the exercises are designed to ensure that they are carried out in the most beneficial manner, with no risk or injury to horse or human. Karen Blignault lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Her previous book was Successful Schooling—Train Your Horse with Empathy.

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