The Biomechanics of Engagement

Learn how to properly ENGAGE YOUR HORSE’S BACK through gymnastic stretches. presents Art 2 Ride trainer Karen Loshbaugh and Equine Veterinarians Dr. Joanna Robson, Dr. Sarah le Jeune and Dr Sue Dyson as they demonstrate how proper engagement of the horse’s core can help avoid painful back issues such as “Kissing Spine.” Equitopia traveled to U.C. Davis where Dr. le Jeune conducted a radiographic study and found that an engaged and rounded back increased the spaces between vertebrae, thereby reducing the risk of vertebrae rubbing together as when a horse is traveling with a “hollow back.”

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