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​Equine Insights: Mechanics of the Horse's Neck

​Equine Insights: Mechanics of the Horse's Neck

Posted by Dr. Hilary Clayton on 30th Apr 2024

The neck is not only one of a horse’s most striking features, but also important in many aspects of the horse’s life.My next few blogs are going to explore the neck in detail:the structure of the neckthe importance of the neck as the connecting piece between the head and the bodythe role of the neck in balance and locomotionhow neck conformation affects a horse’s performancethe effect of training on the shape and carriage of the neckThe Vital LinkThe horse's neck, a blend of beauty and complexit …
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The Essentials of Saddle Fit: Ensuring Comfort and Performance

15th Apr 2024

Simplifying the Saddle Fit PuzzleFinding the right saddle is like piecing together a puzzle where comfort meets performance for both rider and horse. It's not just about what feels right to us; it's about ensuring our horses are happy, comfortable, and ready to perform. The key? Understanding the intricate anatomy under the saddle. Without this knowledge, we're just guessing. But with it, we can make informed decisions that benefit the horse and the rider. Let’s dive into the anatomy influencing …
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Equine Insights: Activating the Thoracic Sling Muscles

Equine Insights: Activating the Thoracic Sling Muscles

Posted by Dr. Hilary Clayton on 3rd Oct 2023

Based on the information in my last blog, Equine Insights: How the Equine Shoulders Affect Performance, it’s obvious that the thoracic sling is an important component in the quest for collection. Lifting the withers by activating the sling is the first stage in achieving the uphill posture and balance required for self-carriage.Regardless of whether a horse is conformed with high withers or a high croup, learning to activate the thoracic sling muscles will improve posture. I’ll describ …
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