Pilates for Horses

An innovative and easy-to-use application of Pilates principles to the training, conditioning, and rehabilitation of horses. This highly illustrated how-to manual provides a clear guide to new ways of thinking about how to prevent injury in the horse, and when injuries do happen, to help the horse's body recover in a mindful and safe way. As a Pilates teacher for humans, horsewoman and eventer Laura Reiman has seen first-hand how consistent, quality exercise can ward off strain and injury, as well as heal. When her young horse was diagnosed with extreme back pain and a neurological disease, she turned to her knowledge of Pilates--the method she'd used to ease back pain in human clients for years--for help. She began to find ways to "bridge the gap" between the horse's mind and body to help increase his body awareness and core engagement. The result is a cohesive series of original exercises that can be taken in parts or as a whole and seamlessly incorporated into an existing training program to be a: Preventive tool to increase the horse's strength, balance, mobility, and stability. Framework for a new program to help ease a horse back into work following an injury or time off. Readers will find chapters dedicated to: Observation-Basic anatomy and how to "know" your horse's body and movement. Stretching-Including incentive, supported static hold, and dynamic mobilization stretches. Core work-Such as the cat stretch and bridging. In-hand strengthening work-With exercises like criss-cross and ground pole progressions. Exercises on the longe line-Transitions, bending, and spiraling. Lessons under saddle-Gymnastics, hillwork, basic dressage, and tips for a successful warm-up. Alternative bodywork-Temperature therapy, massage, stability pads, bands, and more. Pilates for Horses is an ideal instructional guide for all riders and trainers looking to build and maintain a solid foundation of strength and comfort for their horses.

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ISBN 9781570769788
Pages 224 pages
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