After your horse’s massage, there can often be a lot to remember about the new stretching and exercising instructions. We’ve written some of it down here to help guide you through the process of modifying your horse’s routine to help them recuperate from any injuries or strain that they might have been experiencing before their massage.
If you have been provided a copy of the SMARTcert Multidiscipline Reconditioning Program, here is a brief expanation of how to integrate the exercise program into your horse’s workout routine:
The SMARTcert MRP is a 10-phase exercise program that works with three different strategies:
1. Aides in identifying your horse’s limitations (exercises 1-3)
2. Allows your horse to improve weaknesses and equalize strengths (exercises 4-6)
3. Strengthens overall condition of horse to prepare them for targeted discipline & goals (exercises 7-10)
Each exercise comes with the following:
1. Explanation of the regions of the horse’s body that the exercise targets
2. Instructions on how to lay out the pattern
3. Instructions on how to ride the pattern
4. Diagram of the pattern
5. Questions to reflect on as you work your horse through the pattern, and space to record notes, which helps to record and evaluate improvement as time goes on.
All the exercises are designed to be able to be completed from the ground, or in the saddle at the walk or walk/trot.
This exercise program is intended to replace approximately half of your rides per week. You should use the other half to do at least one very light ride (trail ride or long walk ride only), and one of your own regular rides (lesson, schooling, training, etc). This helps us monitor how the horse handles their workload, so that we can adjust accordingly.
If lunging has been recommended as a part of your horse’s rehabilitation program, it is important to understand how to help your horse form a proper position on the lunge line, and also to monitor footing conditions. If either of these factors are forgotten, lunging can be more detrimental than it is useful due to the strain it places on the horse’s joints and soft tissue. However, when done properly, a lunging program can help a horse condition and prepare for the heavy strains that some of our disciplines require of the horse, which reduces the chance of compounded strain or spontaneous injury.
*Request for a lunge line session to be added onto the next visit with your massage therapist to help you teach your horse how to properly lunge*
To book your horse’s next massage, please use this link, and add updates about your horse’s progress in the comments section: www.Equi-SMART.ca/book-now-equine