WHAT ARE CORRECTIVE EXERCISES? Groundwork, stretching, strengthening, lengthening and many other similar exercises, even under saddle, can be used as forms of rehabbing the body. They also serve as a great way to bond with your horse! Treatment plans will be recommended, established and updated over time as we are able to analyze compensation patterns. They play an important role in the neuromuscular reprogramming and prevent the reoccurrence of old patterns taking shape yet again. Think of corrective exercises as your homework between sessions! WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? Facilitating the body to continue moving correctly after addressing imbalances is a large piece of the puzzle. When the body learns to move in a certain way, after however long of compensating, these patterns are programmed by the brain as a default movement pattern. Even though we may do a lot of work releasing the stuck pieces, it can be tremendously helpful to engage what has been quiet for so long. This allows for new programming to begin taking place in the brain and new default patterns to be established.
Corrective exercises work for several reasons, but here are the primary ones:
Reduce the percentage of time spent in unhelpful movement patterns, so that good habits become more the norm.
Increase range of motion in joints, which in turn creates reflexive “releases” and looseness through the horse system-wide.
Recruit postural muscles, often referred to as core muscles. This recruitment allows the limbs to move more freely, resulting in engagement.
Develop new postural habits with minimal confusion, tension, or anxiety in the horse.
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