Horses - Grooming Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:23:00 GMT Regular Brushing for Detecting Soreness & Lameness Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:23:00 GMT <p> <a href="//" rel="nofollow">Grooming</a> your horse regularly is very important, especially <u><em>before</em></u> riding.  Your horse will look better, feel better, and a thorough brushing will allow you to find sore areas.  This will allow you to relieve the soreness before riding or perhaps make the decision to rest the horse and not ride it.</p> <p> If you don't happen to find a sore area <em><u>before</u></em> riding, your horse will often let you know later that there was soreness with an unexpected buck.  At other times, your horse might have a cranky attitude.  But whenever your horse is not itself, go get the<a href="http://://" rel="nofollow"> brush</a> and thoroughly check out the entire body.  If you do not find anything, your horse will still look great.</p> <p> Anything you can do before riding to warm up muscles or to detect sore areas is worth it. Our bodies always perform better when the parts are warmed up. The point is, don't just take your horse from the pen and without a warm up, throw on the <a href="//" rel="nofollow">saddle</a> and hope you will have a great riding experience without knowing how your horse feels. </p> <p> Horses do talk, but in a different language.  Their communication language that says, "I hurt",  is bucking, refusing cues, head tossing, resisting, biting, staying nervous, never relaxing, sighing, and just doing things that are not normal when compared to other riding days. </p> <p> Things can change quite quickly without you ever knowing anything has happened.  For example, your horse rolls in the stall and temporarily gets cast on the stall wall. The horse has to struggle to get out this predicament but in doing so pulls a leg muscle. The next day during a training lesson, you ask your horse for an extended trot and he seems quite lame all of a sudden. You wonder, "What is wrong? "</p> <p> If you would have checked out the entire body before riding, you may have found that sore muscle and given him a day off and even put <a href="//" rel="nofollow">linimen</a>t on the area to reduce the soreness.  By checking your horse very thoroughly before riding, you can actually prevent many problems.  We want our horses to enjoy their work, not hate it.</p> Blog:dc8d44c1-b539-4d2c-91b5-b4a687a30e0dPost:9541820b-e417-4865-9fcb-fc8ca2d0eeac