Stretch Your Horse Coach Video Tutorial Descriptions and Images
Don't worry! No anatomy knowledge needed. All videos are described in plain English. Muscle names are included in case you're an anatomy geek like me!
#1 Intro to Horse Stretching
Learn the top 10 critical "Must Dos" to safely and effectively stretch your horse, and how to obtain the maximum value from each stretch. We highly recommend watching this video prior to watching all the other videos!
#2 Successful Treat Stretching Tips and Tricks
Learn the secrets to safely and successfully use treats to stretch your horse....and keep all your fingers too! :)
Front End Stretches
#3 Shoulder and Bent Front Leg Stretch
This is an excellent stretch for the muscles in the shoulder area including the triceps and teres minor as well as muscles located on the back portion of the horse's leg including the ulnaris lateralis, flexor carpi ulnaris and radialis. Your horse will also get some stretch in the withers pocket area and other parts of their back muscles behind the scapula (shoulder blade.)
#4 Circling and Stationary Bent Front Leg Stretch
This is a wonderful stretch for many muscles located in the leg, chest, and bottom (distal) area of the shoulder including the pectorals, flexor carpi radialis, biceps brachii and brachialis muscles.
#5 Inner Bent Front Leg and Armpit (pectoral) Stretch
This is a great stretch for the pectoral muscles in the chest and "armpit" areas as well as the extensor muscles that run down the front and side of the horse's leg.
#6 Advanced Bent Front Leg Variations Stretch
In addition to the muscles stretched in the Shoulder and Bent Front Leg Stretch (video #3), this stretch provides excellent release for the pectoral muscles as well as many muscles in the neck including the scalenus, splenius and multifidus cervicis.
#7 Straight Front Leg Low and High Stretch
This stretch is wonderful for many muscles on the front and back of the leg including the flexor carpi radialis and ulnaris and the flexor digitorum profundus. It also stretches many muscles in the area of the shoulder blade (scapula) including the serratus, triceps, teres minor, supraspinatus and infraspinatus.
#8 Ribs, Shoulder and Bending Neck Stretch
This is an excellent stretch for the intercostal muscles on the horse's barrel as well some of the shoulder muscles and neck muscles including the serratus, scalenus, splenius and brachiocephalicus.
Back, Core and Hind End
#9 Belly Lift Back Stretch
This is a great stretch for so many of back muscles including the trapezius, longissimus dorsi, latissimus dorsi, and the intercostal muscles between the ribs. It also helps strengthen the abdominal muscles. It's horse pilates!
#10 Tail Pull and Tail Semi-Circles Stretch
This is an excellent stretch for almost all of the muscles on the horse's topline including the back muscles (longissimus dorsi and latissimus dorsi), the gluteal (butt) muscles, and some of the shoulder and neck muscles.
#11 Hips and Pelvic Rock and Hold Stretch
This stretch is great for the muscles surrounding the hips, pelvis and sacroiliac (SI) joint as well as the gluteal and oblique muscles.
#12 Farrier Low and High Stretch
This stretch relaxes many muscles surrounding the hip, the front of the back leg, the gluts and the sacroiliac joint such as the tensor fasciae latae, the extensor digitorium lateralis and the extensor digitorium longus.
#13 Farrier Advanced Variations Stretch
In addition to the muscles stretched in standard farrier low and high, this stretch also targets the muscles on the inner portion of the hind leg (such as the gracilis, sartorius, and vastus medius muscles) when moving the leg away from the body (aka abduction). When moving toward the midline of the body (aka abduction), the muscles on the outside portion of the upper hind leg and body such as the biceps femoris and rectus femoris get a great stretch.
# 14 Forward Farrier Low and High Stretch
This is a great stretch for the hamstring muscles, both the semimembranosus and semitendinosus, located on the hind end of the horse.
#15 Forward Farrier Advanced Variations Stretch
In addition to the hamstring muscles on the back of the horse's body, this stretch targets the muscles on the inside of the horse's leg when abducting the leg (bringing it away from the body.) It targets the muscles of the outside of the leg when bringing the leg across the midline of the horse's body. "Forward" Farrier Advanced Variations stretches different parts of the muscles than "Regular" Farrier Advanced Variations.
Head and Neck Stretches
#16 Chin to Chest Stretch
This is an excellent stretch for the muscles of the neck, poll, withers pocket and back such as the trapezius cervicis, rhomboids, trapezius, splenius and spinalis muscles.
#17 Forward Extended Neck Stretch
This is a great stretch for the muscles of the neck, poll and face/jaw such as the rectus capitis dorsalis and lateralis, multifidus cervicis, rhomboids, splenius and trapezius muscles.
#18 Advanced Forward Extended Neck With Twist Stretch
This stretch helps relax and release tight neck muscles from the base of the shoulder to the area near the first cervical vertebrae behind the ear including the scalenus, rectus capitis dorsalisand lateralis, brachiocephalicus and multifidus cervicis.
#19 Neck and Head Side Curve Stretch
This is a wonderful stretch for the muscles of the neck, front of the shoulder and poll such as the multifidus cervicis, brachiocephalicus, rhomboideus cervicis and the scalenus muscles.
#20 Head On Diagonal Behind Knee Without and With Twist Stretch
This stretch helps create flexibility in the neck and the area in front of the scapula (shoulder blade) by stretching the scalenus, multifidus cervicis, brachiocephalicus, rectus capitis dorsalis and lateralis and serratus muscles.
#21 Advanced Neck and Head Side Curve with Twist Stretch
Once you and your horse have mastered the Neck and Head Extended Side Curve Stretch (#19), learn how to add a twist to that stretch to relax the muscles near the first cervical vertebrae such as the rectus capis lateralis as well as stretch other neck muscles such as the splenius, scalenus and multidifus cervicis.
#22 Neck Hug Stretch
This is an excellent stretch for the muscles at the base of the neck and on the side of the neck such as the scalenus, trapezius, multifidus cervicis and brachiocephalicus.
#23 Nose to Point of Hip and Stifle Stretch
This is an excellent stretch for many muscles on the side of the neck and head including the brachiocephalicus, splenius and serratus ventralis cervicis as well as the intercostal muscles in the rib area.
Girthy and Cinchy Horse Solutions
#24 Girthy Horse Solutions & Tips
All girths are not created equally! Learn the key differences among girths, how to test your girth to help ensure your horse's comfort and safety, and learn a massage move to help alleviate girthyness.
#25 Cinchy Horse Solutions & Tips
All cinches are not created equally! Learn the key differences among cinches, how to test your cinch to help ensure your horse's comfort and safety, and learn a massage move to help alleviate cinchyness.