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Biomechanics of Turnover
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 Posted: Thu Jul 22nd, 2010 02:45 pm
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After my initial read of the “Biomechanics of Turnover” in the August 2010 issue of Equus, I have a question/concern about stretching the nuchal ligament.

When my gelding bows, he puts his head on the ground between his forelegs: Could this cause any strain to the nuchal ligament?  Should I prevent him from going so far when he bows?

Thank you for the article – I had an Ah-HA over the phrase “… the head hangs freely”.

Thanks again,

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 Posted: Thu Jul 22nd, 2010 07:02 pm
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J.L. -- There is a big difference between having the horse bow (which he does himself) vs. a rider pulling the head into an upside-down position as in "rollkur". The horse that volunteers an action will very rarely hurt himself thereby. No rider, no matter how expert they think they are, is as aware of where the horse is in terms of muscle or ligament strain as the horse himself is. In human physiotherapy, it is considered normal and courteous of the therapist to continually ask the patient "am I going too far? Does this hurt in a bad way?". It is a far more subtle matter to ask and receive this information from a horse, and most competitors could not and would not ask, or if they do, they don't much care about the answer: hence the damage they regularly create.

But you have no intention of creating any damage, and your horse will certainly benefit from bowing, no matter how deep, just so long as he volunteers it and is not compelled. -- Dr. Deb


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 Posted: Sun Jul 25th, 2010 06:18 pm
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I want to thank you for this series of articles in Equus, they are the reason why I renewed my subscription.

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