Problem: Sheared Heels
Solution: Equi-Build was applied to the back half of the foot
and is acting like a heartbar shoe. Equi-Pak was applied to
the front half for protection and support.
Applied for two shoeing cycles to achieve soundness.
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Once you have spent at least
five minutes loosening up, it’s
time to begin the more vigorous
activity of warming up. Here
you want to begin asking the
horse to stretch into contact but
not be in a collected frame.
Avoid the common mistake of
performing suppling exercises at
the start of this warm-up phase.
Cold and unfueled muscle fibers,
tendons and ligaments are
susceptible to overstretching
It is best, physiologically, to
spend the first five minutes of
this phase with active, forward
movement in either trot or
canter. Which gait you choose
depends on each individual
horse. Some are more balanced
in the trot, while others prefer
to canter. The key here is to
maintain an active gait with the
goal of stimulating the skeletal
muscles su;ciently to raise
their temperature and to push
blood supply to them.
After five to eight minutes
of energetic movement, the
skeletal muscles are warm
enough to begin suppleness
exercises. Remember that you
always want your warm-up
period to build progressively
in di;culty. This means you
will ride various-sized circles,
gradually riding your way to
smaller, tighter bends and loops.
As you proceed from this
stage, your warm-up exercises
should lead directly into your
planned workout for the day.
Your warm-up should flow
seamlessly into your schooling
session without a break in
Some riders prefer to loosen
their horses up with a few
minutes of walking unmounted.