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    Accelerated Conditioning For Equine Wellness and Performance

    Out in the wild, horses naturally possess ideal conditioning for their circumstances. However, once we subject horses to captivity and our requirements of them, their conditioning can break down without outside intervention to keep their conditioning at optimum levels. 
    We require horses to perform actions that are not natural to them, at least not over and over again, and at the same time carrying us on their backs and perpetually balancing our weight. This places stress on the horse that is usually not distributed evenly over the horse's supporting structures, mainly the back, neck, shoulders, and hips. This stress is then distributed to the legs, and again, not evenly. 
    Nobody is perfectly balanced and if you don't believe that, try a little experiment. Take two equally calibrated bathroom scales and stand on them, one foot on each. Relax and have someone you trust read the scales. Don't be shocked. Realize that most people put 5-10 pounds more weight on one foot due to imbalances in the hips, spine,or shoulders, and sometimes even more. Realize too, that this is likely an indication of how much weight you are putting in each stirrup.
    Now picture your horse constantly having to balance you while moving, not to mention jumping, racing around barrels, performing complex dressage maneuvers, or just moving down the trail (Let's not even get started on roping, reining, and cutting). Stress will begin to build and concentrate starting in the front or back on either the right or left side. The side absorbing the most repetition of stress will begin overcompensating with greater muscle tension, while the other side becomes deconditioned and ultimately weaker. In addition the compensation travels to the opposite corner of the horse, either front or back. The resulting imbalance produces a horse that “feels crooked” or resists turning to one side. This stress, whether it originates in the front or the back, eventually puts stress in the middle of the horse, under the saddle. 
    Deconditioning affects the not only the muscles, but the joints, tendons, and ligaments. Deconditioned muscles get less blood, nutrients and oxygen, making them fatigue quicker. The horse tires faster and becomes less coordinated in their movements. Ultimately, a variety of injuries can result.   
    Outside therapies such as chiropractic adjustments do not hold for long if the deconditioned and unbalanced muscles and tissues are not addressed as well.
    Fortunately, recent technological advances have made Accelerated Conditioning of deconditioned areas of the horse fast and effective, and technologies can be combined for the best results.  
    What better way to Accelerate the Conditioning of structures and tissues than forced induction (think supercharging or turbocharging) of oxygen, blood, and nutrients, along with accelerated pumping and flushing of waste products? Dissolving muscle knots, scar tissue and adhesions to facilitate this process? Resetting trigger points so the brain can send equal signals to both sides? Then stimulating and toning muscles in the affected areas (like those new “Ab Exercisers” you slap on your stomach and flip a switch)?
    At Equine Sport Performance, Dr. Michael Reuben combines the most advanced technologies available to achieve Accelerated Conditioning of your horse in the shortest time, and then maintaining your horse's highest levels of conditioning, performance, and wellness. 


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