Why muddy paddocks can cause injury and how to help

Horses are amazing animals that can perform incredible feats of speed and agility. However, they also face many challenges and risks when they have to walk or run on slippery or muddy surfaces. In this blog post, we will explore how these conditions can affect their body and cause injury, and how soft tissue bodywork can help them recover and prevent further damage.

When horses walk or run on slippery or muddy surfaces, they have to constantly adjust their balance and posture to avoid falling or slipping. This puts a lot of strain on their muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints, especially in their legs, back, and neck. They also have to use more force and energy to move forward, which can lead to fatigue and exhaustion. These factors can increase the chances of injury, such as sprains, strains, tears, bruises, fractures, or even lameness.

The Equine Touch and other Soft tissue bodywork is a type of therapy that involves applying gentle pressure and to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia of the horse. It can help improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, release tension, restore mobility, and enhance performance. Soft tissue bodywork can also help prevent injury by keeping the tissues healthy and flexible, and by correcting any imbalances or misalignments that may cause stress or strain on the body.

If you have a horse that walks or runs on slippery or muddy surfaces regularly, you may want to consider soft tissue bodywork as a way to support their health and well-being. It can help them recover from any injuries they may have sustained, as well as prevent future ones. Soft tissue bodywork can also improve their mood and behaviour, as they will feel more comfortable and relaxed. To find out more about soft tissue bodywork for horses, you can contact Belinda, a qualified Equine Touch practitioner or visit our website page for more information.

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