Do you want to win more races? As a trainer, owner or breeder, of course, you do. There are two powerful holistic methods that are often overlooked in training to condition and develop the Thoroughbred athlete into peak performance.
Conditioning consists of many interconnected anatomical components. Trainers must consider all the physical mechanics in place and their functions, such as the cardiovascular, respiratory, skeletal and muscular systems. And ever deeper within these categories that concern racehorse conditioning is the connective tissues (ligaments and tendons), neural pathways and the issue of thermoregulation which pertains to the cardiovascular system. The emotional state of a horse also plays a part in conditioning and performance as well.
This post focuses on the muscular aspects of improving racehorse performance. Conditioning the musculature system of the racehorse properly is vital to winning. The...
As a Certified Equine Massage Therapist and OTTB enthusiast, I pursued becoming a CEMT to understand equine anatomy and physiology on a professional level. My intention is to continue the studies of equine biomechanics on a deeper level to better serve our equine partners by implementing training techniques and therapies that further improve the development of a healthy, sound, strong and happy horse.
Our equine friends are amazing athletes, they give us everything and in return, it's our responsibility to “listen to the horse” for any sign of pain or discomfort and help alleviate the underlying systemic issue(s) without causing more problems.
Many horses have issues with balance, straightness, and range of motion, especially off-the-track-thoroughbreds. Some behavioral issues are a direct manifestation of underlying and sometimes unaddressed physical pain. These physical issues won't resolve on their own, we can help them...
I see it so often. The first thing people want to do is ride, ride, ride their new off-the-track-thoroughbred. Of course, it’s important to give a test ride to assess chemistry, gait and overall compatibility before you adopt or buy. Of course, you have to enjoy the way the horse moves and their disposition under saddle. The excitement of riding your new horse is an amazing, liberating feeling. Not to mention all the new tack you get to buy, and color coordinating everything. And, a new pair of riding boots, because you have to get something for yourself too. You deserve it.
Let me be clear about some things up front, so I don’t create any misunderstanding. If you have adopted your horse from a recognized TAA organization or an unaccredited facility that retrains OTTBs and places them in homes—understand this: they have limited time to work with the horse. These organizations are often times inundated with...
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