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Rollkur, Biomechanics & Forging

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LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO SEE WHAT IS CORRECT AND WHAT IS INCORRECT IN THE HORSE! MY BIOMECHANICS LEVEL 1 CLASS WILL GET YOU STARTED ON HOW TO EASILY SEE-AND CORRECT WHAT’S WRONG IN THE HORSES!

Which of the horses below is working the best? Can you see which one is moving better, more correct? This is what you’ll learn in my Class!

sarahs sugar bear before and after

Want to learn more about me and my School for Equine Massage-Midwest Natural Healing for Animals

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SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM TO SEE CORRECT HORSES!

ALL IMAGES ARE FROM DR. NANCY NICHOLSONS WORK.

CORRECT FLEXION FOR YOUR HORSE

nancys max bendingCORRECT FLEXION starts at the RIBCAGE-not the neck! Notice on Max in this pic, you can see the bend in his ribcage, while his neck is straight-this helps them to use the inside hind leg more effectively to BUILD the muscles! If you only pull the horses head to your knee, you are missing the point of TRUE FLEXION in your horse, it disengages them from the hind end (which they admit to) and does nothing to build it!

eyeballing lat flex half picSee this horse-notice the hind end is NOT TRACKING UP (like the one above). Bringing the head around is a great way to teach your horse to NOT use the hind end, and by ‘bumping’ them back…as you are usually instructed to do-also it leads to horses going BEHIND THE VERTICAL…again, something you NEVER WANT.

rollkur no hind end 3 with remarks fixed sizeWhat this does is locks the lumbar/sacral area of the horse, physically preventing the horse from USING THE HIND END to come UP AND UNDERNEATH the horse! Stretching the supraspinous ligament on the topline, pulls everything FORWARD, including the SACRUM, that tilts the pelvis forward-and you can see from above, it leave the hind end behind the horse.

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The above is NOT what your goal should be for your horse …the horse below is!

great riding no btv

lateral bend 3 pics by sarah

This is a great pic for lateral bend, you do not need anymore than this while riding your horse!

More images are here!

http://www.dingosbreakfastclub.net/DingosBreakfastClub/BioMech/BioMechonthebit3.html

HOW ON EARTH HAVE WE ALLOWED OUR HORSES TO GO FROM THIS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKbqokuTzh8&feature=related

TO THIS…SO VERY SAD!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOPmj-j9U24&feature=related

A. Face Behind the vertical, neck contracted (not the position for “long and low” or “rollkuer”).The poll is no longer the highest point of the topline and there is overstretching of the nuchal ligament behind the poll.  If the neck is contracted, the last four cervical vertebrae shift slightly back relative to their original position, decreasing nuchal and supraspinous ligament stretch needed to “lift” the withers.  Muscles attached to the hyoid apparatus are strained, along with the brachiocephalicus muscle.  The windpipe is cramped at the larynx where it passes through the hyoid apparatus between the jaws, restricting ease of breathing in extreme cases. Lifting the tongue to the roof of the mouth provides some relief from strain on hyoid to sternum connections, but makes faults with tongue likely. The top three or four segments of the serratus in the neck are overstretched. This posture does not help gymnastic development.

You can find her website by googling Nancy Nicholson dressage, or her book

.http://www.dingosbreakfastclub.net/

More images are here!!

http://www.dingosbreakfastclub.net/DingosBreakfastClub/BioMech/BioMechonthebit3.html

There is no need for this kind of cruelty to animals-anyone feeling the NEED to work their horse in this manner, needs to rethink their profession. With a little work, you can easily get your horse to go on he bit willingly and without force.

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BIOMECHANICS (correct work)

Horse below: The nose is slightly ahead of vertical, poll is the highest spot, and tracking up nicely! This is a well ridden, happy horse!

Below: Another great pic of a long and low-notice the hind end tracking up-the nose is OUT FRONT to encourage a stretch of the TOPLINE, which will BUILD THE BACK MUSCLES and keep this horse strong and willing

Rollkur: the equine back and soundness.

Why rollkur or a forced head position damages a horse. It does NOT “stretch the back” for better striding. Instead it pulls the hind legs out behind the horse where they are not effective in driving it forward with a healthy stride.

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OVERREACHING

Do you have a horse that ‘overreaches or forges’?? Does your horse clip his front legs with the hind?

Research has proven, and my vet/chiro has confirmed that the problem is a shoulder problem! Most horses with this, are hunter jumpers/eventers, constantly coming down on their front legs, soring the shoulders, once they are sore-just like us-they won’t move as quickly, to get out of the way of the hind legs! Unless the back toes are extremely long, this is NOT A FARRIER PROBLEM-it is a soreness problem, and a good Massage Therapist can help!

overreaching

ROPE HALTERS-GOOD AND BAD

Let’s talk about the good-the good being that they will control an unruly horse, most people like them because of that fact. They are easier to put on than a halter/chain. But do not mistake the ‘softness’ of your rope halter for ‘softness’ on the horse! The knots on those rope halters correlate and fall right on nerves on the horses face. Pressure on a nerve causes pain-which is why they work so well! You will stop doing something too if pressure is put on a nerve. Rope halters in the hands of new horse owners is a good way to hurt the horse and damage the nerves! Please be careful using them-and NEVER, EVER TIE A HORSE IN A ROPE HALTER! If that horse were to pull back, the pressure on the poll-the ligaments/tendons there will be bruised and or torn depending on the severity of the horse pulling back!  I’ve had to help many horses that have had this happen! Rope halters should only be used by experienced horse people-and only in training situations.  Here is a pic of a horses head and nerves so you can see exactly where they are:

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