Not only equine massage and bodywork contribute to the overall wellness of a horse, but many different factors combined make for a happy and healthy horse and a satisfied horse owner.
We all know the saying ' there are as many opinions as there are "horse people"'. The articles featured on my site represent my particular point of view and are focused on a natural and integrative approach in all things horse maintenance and a rather traditional European point of view in all things related to gymnasticizing.
I am looking at training/gymnasticizing from the perspective of muscular soundness of the horse and have given a lot of thought to recommendations around strengthening your horse from that point of view.
The gymnasticizing recommendations on this site mirror methods used in training the German cavalry horse according to the German Cavalry Manual for Training Horse & Rider (HDV12), which were the basis for today's FN guidelines. This type of gymnasticizing is mostly suitable for the Warmblood/Thoroughbred type horse. Depending on your horse's type and conformation, other recommendations may apply.
*) Please note: Equine massage and bodywork is a non-invasive, gentle wellness modality aimed at enhancing performance in the healthy horse and never replaces proper veterinary care. If in doubt regarding the physical health of your horse please consult your veterinarian.