• Jennifer Bodnar

Wish Your Horse Would Just Stand Square?

Good posture is paramount to long term soundness and joint health.

Signs of poor posture:

  • Dropped/swayed back

  • Uneven leg stance

  • Base wide or narrow

  • Parked out or camped under

  • Toed in or toed out

  • “Hollowed out” way of going

We often confuse posture with conformation.

ℹ️ Posture: how the horse arranges himself to stand and how he carries himself in movement.

ℹ️ Conformation: characteristics derived from breeding like length and size of bone/skeletal structure.

Posture can be changed, conformation cannot.

Poor posture puts unnatural stress on joints, ligaments, tendons, and disrupts balanced muscle function. Poor posture leads to injury, arthritis, and pathology.

One of the best things you can do for your horse is help them maintain good posture. This is especially crucial in any riding horses. AND it’s actually really easy to do. Once you manage the pain or weakness that’s perpetuating the posture you can start correcting the compensatory pattern.

A big part of what I do is leaving my owners detailed exercises so that we can start improving posture from day one. These exercises are usually no more than 10mins a day and often can just be added into your grooming routine.

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