Pony Pilates and Horse Yoga
Pilates is a form of stretching that focuses on the core of the body and Yoga is a body technique that connects the body to the mind or hoof to brain. This topic will look at a variety of techniques that focus on improving the core strength of the horse as well as connecting the hoof and brain. Core strengthening exercises strengthen and stabilise the spine and pelvic muscles as the horse responds to pressure over specific areas whereas the yoga techniques encourage the horse to relax into stretching but to also move in a way that encourages a greater connection between hoof and brain. All techniques covered are easy for all horse owners and riders to do with their own horses.
Friday 16 November 12.00pm - 12.45pm Grand Hall Arena
Six essential techniques to maintain soundness in your horse
This topic looks at six essential techniques that you can perform on your horse on a daily or weekly basis to help maintain soundness in the horse. The techniques combine stretching, mobilisation, traction and massage to keep the muscles supple and alleviate pain and can be done by any horse owner. The topic also looks at palpating the major stress regions of the horse to see where you would be most likely to use the techniques on the horse, and to just see what areas are carrying the most pain. Spectators will go away with knowledge of how they can help their horse as well as an idea of the areas their horse might be carrying the most tension.
Thursday 15 November 2.00pm - 2.45pm Barastoc Arena,