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Stretch Exercises for Your Horse Hardcover – March 31, 2003


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HALE ROBERT (March 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851318606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851318608
  • ASIN: B000K2T17G
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,433,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "xspursnwhipx" on August 1, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound
I found this book to be excellent for my back sore horse and horses recovering from stall rest. It certainly cannot hurt for horses that you don't want to end up back sore or on stall rest. I have seen major improvements in the suppleness of my horses. The spiral bound format also allows you to keep it set up ringside for quick refrence and it won't close on you unexpectedly!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Whitehead on February 28, 2006
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I purchased this book to help keep my 30 year old Morgan supple. Some of it can get technical and some of the sections are oriented towards the jumping horses, but you can defintely piece together a nice stretching rountine for your horse, no matter what your goal.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lanier Cordell on May 9, 2007
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One of the greatest mistakes riders make is not preparing their horses to rider. They just jump on and go. They don't warm the horses up or stretch them after they have worked to keep muscles supple. Then they wonder why their horses become lame or injured. The stretches suggested in this book are a great way to treat your horse like the athlete he is.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2007
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For whoever said there is nothing new in this book you must be a very proficient and contentiousness horse person. I found this book pack full of goodies. Perhaps there is nothing "new" for you, but for most horse owners it is a fantastic book.

It has clear illustrations of all the stretches and explanations about why you do them. I also find this a good book for taking out to the barn and working through with my horses.

They enjoy the change from being ridden and the exercises also make good warm up and cool downs. They are the basic exercises but you don't really need to learn 999 different exercises. Just do the ones in this book well.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Booth on January 14, 2007
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As a Equine Sports Therapist I often coach owners and trainers on techniques to maintain their horse. This is the most valuable book I have, it is well written and easy to follow with lots of variety. PERFECT
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Brooks on January 10, 2007
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Not only does this book guide you on stretching your horse, it introduces you to the horses physical makeup in layman terms. It is well-written, thorough & I look forward to using these methods on my thoroughbred.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Baylis on October 12, 2008
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What a great book! All you need to know about your horse's muscles, why you need to stretch and in what situations, is in this book. I have never come across something quite so comprehensive and easy to understand in one book before. It has wonderful big glossy colour pictures, spiral bound for easy page turning as well as being able to keep it open on the page you want while trying out some exercises on your horse.

I did several relevant stretch exercises on my horse's sore back end, and within a week he was helping to stretch himself and really seemed to enjoy it, closing his eyes, relaxing and wiggling his lips. His lunging work has also become easier as he has become more supple.

I especially recommend this book for anyone doing competition work with their horses, as they can become quite tense in certain areas and this book helps to explain and show you how to release the tension. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Sisson on March 15, 2009
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My horses work. They do lessons, pony rides and pony parties. They need to be fit and sound. This book is great for helping me to understand how to get them into condition and how to keep them in condition so that they are much less likely to get hurt. Part of their conditioning is hand walking. Now when we turn I am more aware of how their body responds and know how much to ask for in a turn. When a rider is on their back I know what to look for in the horse's body response to commands and for older riders I can explain why we must be careful about how we ask for a headset, etc. Anyone who has taken lessons for any period of time has been lectured on shoulder in and shoulder out, but now it makes so much more sense and after reading this book I know when to stop asking for something. Understanding the muscle groups involved and the way I want the muscles to respond will make all of these riding exercises more productive. I will also be teaching the older riders how to do a few basic streches with the horses after they dismount as being as important as properly brushing them and cooling them down.
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