The importance of the iliopsoas muscle in horses

The psoas muscle is often referred to as the iliopsoas. This is because three muscles: psoas major, psoas minor, and iliacus, all converge into one tendinous insertion. It is therefore difficult to define which of the three muscles is over- or under working, or is damaged, and so we tend…

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Building & maintaining muscles in horses: the importance of protein

Horses from all disciplines need to build muscle. Athletic horses need appropriate muscle mass to support their rider’s weight, perform the task at hand, and protect their joints and support soft tissues. What are muscles made of? Muscles are made of large amount of protein, water, and salt. Proteins are…

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Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It has some really important roles relating to body & brain health and yet it is one of the minerals most commonly missing in the diet of horses & people, and one that not many people think about supplementing!  Some…

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Massage has to be painful to be effective. Fact or myth?

You’ve probably heard of the saying no pain no gain, but does that apply to massage therapy? The short answer is no! But if it’s not painful, surely it’s not working? Again, not true! This is one of the most common things I hear as a massage therapist. Clients like…

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Grooming

Why not make one of your new years resolutions for 2021 to get more hands on with your horse? There's lots of techniques you can use at home to help your horse feel great and keep their body in great condition! They won't replace your professional bodyworker but it will…

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