Focus on Physical Wellness

Horse racing has a long and distinguished history and has been practiced in global civilizations since ancient times. The fitness of racehorses is unequivocally impressive. So much effort goes into these athletes and the hope of what they may achieve on the track. What should be equally significant is the focus on their physical wellness. As Pulse Certified Professionals, we promote cellular exercise as a complement to traditional veterinary care and the potential incorporation of other innovative modalities.[1],[11] Our goal is to support the overall wellbeing of racehorses.

Lumbar and Glutes

Two common areas of concern for racehorses are the lumbar and glutes. We know that the horse’s “engine” is in their hindquarters and most muscle strains can be attributed to “fast work,” their breezes, or racing. To be able to properly push off and propel themselves, the lumbar and hindquarters need to be as pain-free as possible.  

Preventative maintenance is definitely key. Increasing blood flow to these areas may be beneficial to any equine athlete. Soreness in this area is often caused by the footing the horses train on.  A racehorse on a deeper surface will tend to get sore in their glutes because they aren’t getting a hold of the surface well. 

Featured below is a creative way to isolate the lumbar and glutes with PEMF technology. We recommend 10 minutes of pulsing at a light to moderate intensity. As always, consult your veterinarian to clear your horse of any contraindications before using PEMF,  consider the general wellness and age of the horse, and pay careful attention to cues for gauging the horse’s comfort level. Good indicators are posture, eyes, ears, and movement.

We sincerely hope that this “carrot” on an innovative strategy for working the lumbar and glutes helps you in your bodywork and is a meaningful addition to the horse’s general wellness regimen. It’s important to remember that PEMF neither treats nor diagnoses any illness or pain. Instead, PEMF addresses underlying cellular dysfunction to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.[1],[2] Visit Pulse Equine to see how PEMF Cellular Exercise can support the wellbeing of your horses.

 

Note about the Author: Dianne Volz is a top USA Equine Therapist.  She is the founder of Equine Therapy 502, Inc. which provides quality Equine Therapy and preventative maintenance for the professional equine athlete, operating for over 29 years. Working with horses from all disciplines, she offers individualized, attentive care. These include highly competitive horses such as Racehorses, Grand Prix show jumpers and Olympic athletes in addition to Novice, Dressage, Hunter/Jumper and Pleasure horses. She works in conjunction with veterinarians (both allopathic and alternative), equine dentists, trainers, physiotherapists, farriers, professional riders and horse owners nationally who seek out her expertise for the best equine therapy available. She holds a BS from Morehead State University in Equine Science and currently leads a team of 6 personally trained therapy associates that travel nationally to provide private consultations and daily therapy to some the of most recognized Thoroughbred athletes in horse racing. She is a loving wife, friend to many, and proud mother of All Included, a 7 yr-old Thoroughbred Graded Stakes winner.

[1,2,11] To locate the citations referenced here, visit info.pulseequine.com/research.

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