Three Front End Stretches to Reduce Your Horse's Shoulder Stiffness and Increase Performance
Whether your horse is a quiet trail companion or a high-energy competitor, just like a human athlete, he needs regular stretching sessions to perform his best. Stretching increases elasticity and suppleness, which reduces the risk of injury. It also reduces inflammation and increases circulation.
To do a job right you need the right tools, and that includes the tools for lunging your horse. I tend to hold onto my horse equipment forever, so I have found that spending a little more money up front to purchase quality items costs me less in the long run.
Why should you lunge your horse before you ride? Lunging takes time and requires extra equipment that you must haul down to the arena and put away later. For those on a time crunch, lunging may seem unnecessary, but this is an important first step for a successful training session.
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