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OH MY ACHIN’ BACK: Equine Acupressure for a Sore Back
Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis
Horses are not really designed to carry heavy loads on their backs. Their muscles and the bone structure of the spinal column are sensitive to pressure and cannot perform properly and comfortably when overly stressed. Domesticated horses have suffered the role of “beasts of burden” for centuries, but it does not mean that they have stood it well.
Today’s riders know that the first line of defense in avoiding having your horse crippled with back pain is careful saddle fitting, training that assures that the back muscles are engaging smoothly for impulsion, consistent natural hoof trimming, and consistent bodywork. Adding acupressure-massage to your horse-care regimen every fourth or fifth day can make a world of difference for your horses’ comfort and your enjoyment of your equine sport.