Release, or Activate?
Just because a muscle is sore or reactive does not mean it needs to be released 🤯.
Often muscles are tight and sore because they are WEAK.
Weak muscles don’t need to be told to work less, they need to be ACTIVATED to work more and build strength; restoring balance.
Releasing a sore WEAK muscle will only provide temporary relief.
Releasing a sore STRONG muscle will maintain the health of that muscle and keep it from becoming a sore WEAK muscle.
(🤔muscle soreness -> altered movement -> decreased use of the painful muscle -> disuse causing weakness-> repeat).
The goal must always be BALANCE to create lasting change.
Every horse needs to be evaluated as an individual looking at the WHOLE horse to decided a TARGETED approach. 💪