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STRETCHING YOUR HORSE FOR BETTER HEALTH

Help your horse relax and feel better in between veterinary or equine chiropractic sessions—or if he has a veterinary emergency.
HEIDI NYLAND MELOCCO

As a horse owner, you rely on your partnership with your veterinarian to keep your horse healthy and moving well. But what can you do to keep your horse feeling good in-between veterinary or equine chiropractic visits? And what can you do to help your horse remain calm in an emergency—before trained help arrives?

Massaging and stretching your horse can help you build a trusting bond. Plus, you can learn techniques that will keep your horse out of shock if there is an emergency. Here, we’ve highlighted three bodywork techniques that you can learn to do with your horse.

This work doesn’t replace veterinary care, but it can help you know your horse better. Deb Schlutz, DVM, is a veterinarian and equine chiropractor based in Longmont, Colo. She recommends that her clients learn how they can help between her visits. And of course, some injuries heal better without massage or stretching. Always check with your veterinarian to make sure that what you want to do will help and not hinder your horse.

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