Are special bridles a good help?
Times are changing, but some things appear very difficult to change. Very often I see horses been ridden with special bridles. When I see the look in the eyes of the horses in the pictures below, I do not see a happy athlete. That's why I wanted...
Non-ethical mistakes in horse training
Very often, the behavior of a horse is seen as dominant, aggressive, manipulative, naughty, deliberately deceiving, etc. This view is negatively influencing the way of interaction with horses. (....)
General tips for a proper conditioning of your horse
A proper training of your horse is not only important to improve his condition, but also to reduce the risk of injuries. You need to take into account the age, the history and the sportsdiscipline/competition level of the horse.(...)
Not wanting to go in left or right gallop
In the gallop, there is a moment where the full bodyweight of the horse comes on 1 front leg (just before the floating moment). In the left gallop, it is the left front leg and in the right gallop it is the right front leg. When f.e. the right...
What are the benefits of jm equine sportsmassage?
What is muscle cramp?
When everything functions normal in a muscle, the muscle can contract evenly and relax with the same speed. When there is stress, the muscle will contract much faster (called hypercontraction), but will not fully contract...
How to prevent tendon injuries?
Tendon problems appear mostly to the foreleg. 60% of the total weight of the horse is carried by the forehand. Under normal circumstances, this not a problem for the horse.(...)
When is a horse old enough to be ridden
Horses are mostly ridden from the age of 3. Quarters even at 2 years. At this age, trotters often do their first competition. When is a horse “adult” enough to start the training? Are there differences between the races? In fact, no horse race is...
Hip dysplasia in dogs - what can osteopathy do?
Hip dysplasia or HD, is a common illness of the hip-joint in dogs. Heredity could play a role, as well as food, weight and movement. It appears mostly in fast-growing breed, like the German Sheppard, the Golden Retriever, the Labrador Retriever,...
More information from posture of a horse
Did you know that a certain posture of the legs can be an indication of internal problems?
Tips for training your horse
Read here some useful tips to keep your horse in good shape.
Find out what influence the head has on the back of the horse
In a previous blog, I’ve already spoken about the forward-downward stretched neck position and how important this is for a good warming-up. In this blog I will go a little bit deeper on the subject.(...)
Patella problems in horses and dogs
Horses and dogs have a patella (knee-cap), like humans. The knee-cap is hanging loose in the knee and can therefore easily be moved.
What is a blockage or blocked vertebra?
I notice that the term “blockage or blocked vertebra” often causes confusion. That’s why I want to explain what an osteopath understands about it.
How do you recognise back problems?
In osteopathy, the back is a very important part of the body: each cell in the body obtains information from the brains that goes through the spinal cord and the nerves to the rest of the body. Each tissue (organ, muscle, …) gets his impulses via...