Why Sea Salt Is A Rock Star....
Everyone could use a rejuvenating spa treatment and stretches for their own legs. Now you can do this for your horse! Here’s how….
You don’t have to search hard on the web to find many articles and a study by the National Institutes of Health singing the praises of Sea Salt Therapy in humans. In fact, it is one of the hottest spa trends. Even the mainstream media is reporting on the benefits of sea salt therapy including: relief of muscle cramps, anti-inflammatory properties leading to decreased arthritis symptoms, skin and dental benefits, and asthma relief just to name a few. Guess what?? Hippocrates (the father of medicine) discovered the benefits of sea salt back in 460 BC. (NOTE: There is a big difference between organic sea salt and processed white table salt. Processed white table salt has almost no beneficial minerals left in it. Do NOT use it for the treatment discussed below.)
So, what does this have to do with horses? A lot! Read on….
Did you know that 65-70% of your horse’s weight is carried by the front legs? Have you ever stopped and thought about how amazing all 4 of your horse’s relatively small legs are? They carry around 1000-1400 pounds on average (horse + rider) and jump, navigate obstacles, do sliding stops and spins, cow sort, navigate hills and trails, perform dressage moves and so much more! That’s pretty impressive! All this hard work and stress can cause the legs to have small (or not so small) amounts of inflammation, become tired and build up toxins. The legs are also prone to injury.
Give your horse's hard working legs the TLC and special attention they deserve! Say THANK YOU to your horse. Here’s an easy Do-It-Yourself Deluxe Leg "sea salt spa treatment” designed especially for horses!
**Use sea salt for even more benefit than the rock salt mentioned in the article
In addition to the deluxe sea salt leg treatment, there are also 3 great leg stretches you can do with your horse. They are:
Here is a picture and description of each stretch. (Muscle names provided for anatomy geeks, but you don't need to know the names to learn to do these stretches.)
Straight Front Leg Low and High Stretch
This stretch is wonderful for many muscles of the leg including the flexor carpi radialis and ulnaris and the flexor digitorum profundus. It also stretches many muscles in the area of the shoulder blade (scapula) including the serratus, triceps, teres minor , supraspinatus and infraspinatus.
Farrier Low and High Stretch
This stretch relaxes many muscles surrounding the hip, sacroiliac, and the front of the leg such as the tensor fasciae latae, the extensor digitorum lateralis and longus, and the gluteal muscles.
These stretches are all available as individual instructional videos also known as “in app purchases” in the Stretch Your Horse Mobile App. The App costs only $2.99 and comes with 3 videos. Each additional individual stretching video costs only $1.99. So, for only $11, you can learn to safely and effectively stretch your horse’s legs any time, any where even if you do not have cell service or an internet connection. This is less than half the cost of the average bag of grain and a fraction of the cost of a vet or bodyworker bill!
Search Stretch Your Horse in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to get the App!
If you have never bought an app, don't worry! Contact Support@StretchYourHorse.com and we will guide you through the easy process.
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Ilene Nessenson, JD, Certified Equine Bodyworker, is the creator of the Stretch Your Horse App. She has been an equine bodyworker, saddle fitter, and saddle reflocker for over 11 years.
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