As featured in PONY
Magazine, here's our step-by-step guide showing how you can
improve your horse or pony's flexibility with a couple of simple
stretches using Likit Products...
These simple exercises with tasty Likits (either Likit Snaks or the
Likit will work best & help you hold the stretch for
longer) encourage a horse or pony to stretch as far as his
abilities allow, improving his flexibility. He may increase the
stretch or go beyond what he thought he could do, but will never
overstretch beyond the abilities of his soft tissue, such as
muscles and ligaments. Therefore, the stretches shown do no
harm and are a fun way to get your pony more supple. Stretching
isn't just a fantastic benefit to your pony's
muscles, it also helps to create and strengthen
the bond between you - and we all want that!
Stretch One: Neck & Shoulder Stretch
It is important that your horse or pony stands on a
level, non-slip surface. You could try these first in a stable to
help make the exercises easier, and to prevent your pony from
cheating by moving around!
Using your Likit treats, encourage your horse or
pony to reach across the side of his body so his muzzle is level
with his shoulder to loosen his neck (1&2).
- Try to prevent your horse or pony from tilting his head as this
does not flex the upper cervical spine and soft tissues
- You can also stand with your back to your horse or pony so he
has to stretch around you, and this loosens his neck/shoulder
Complete the same stretch twice on each side and hold for up to
20 seconds (this is where the Likit treats come in handy!).
Stretch Two: Back and Abdominal Stretch
Stretching between the front legs is great for topline, and
engages abdominal muscles.
When first introducing this stretch only ask your horse or pony to
stretch down to the knees (4) and, as he gets the idea, gradually
encourage the head lower by moving the Likit towards the girth
area. Try to keep the head and neck straight as your horse or pony
extends down (5).
A supple horse or pony should be able to bend both his front legs
until his ears are in line with his knees (6).
This will stretch the whole spine and associated soft tissues,
also encouraging the horse or pony to lift his back.
Again, repeat the stretch a few times, using the Likit to
encourage and hold the stretch.
Why not print off our handy guide to Likit Stretches as
featured in PONY Magazine then you can try them at home!
Click here to download.
We bet your pony enjoys his stretching as much as he
enjoys the Likits!
Likit Stretches were developed in conjunction with equine
massage therapist Sophie Slavin, to find out more
about the services offered by Sophie, visit her website: http://www.horsemassage.co.uk/