I created this educational video to share with riders some ways of diagnosing their horse’s back comfort, and then I offer some stretches that can effectively reduce, and sometimes eliminate discomfort.
Remember, always safety first: when working around horses, for the safety of both you and your horse, you must stay cognizant of the environment: it’s best to stretch your horse in an open area free of obstacles and distractions and with a helper. Also, if your horse has physical issues like arthritis, neurologic deficits (EPM, Wobblers, etc.), strained/pulled soft tissue, or is difficult to work around on the ground (kicks out when touched) then it is always best to consult with your veterinarian and possibly a trainer before starting any time of body movement work.
The viewer agrees that equine sports are inherently dangerous, and is willing to assume any risk involved to them, their family, guests, horse(s), vehicles and additional property. They further agree to hold harmless Jennifer Truett and Dancing Horse Farm for any damage, loss or injury suffered from the information provided through this educational video.
About the Certified Instructor
A rider since she could sit up independently in front of her mother on a horse, Jen has a lifetime of riding, training, and teaching. Starting with Quarter Horses in 4-H, switching to Eventing and Pony Club as a teenager for more excitement, through Eventing she discovered her love for the art of Dressage. Jen is an active and successful Grand Prix competitor and popular clinician.
Over the years, she has competed, trained, and coached hundreds of dressage horses and riders at all levels. Jen on various horses over the years, has been named Regional Champion at least 6 times and at least an equal number of Reserve Champion titles. She has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals, as well as her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Freestyle Bars. Jen is an L Graduate with Distinction and a USDF Certified Instructor through Second Level.
She and her husband, Lenny own the expansive Dancing Horse Farm (DHF) in Lebanon OH. DHF houses 40-50 Dressage and Eventing horses and is home to three other Dressage trainers (including “S” and “r” judges) and two Eventing trainers. DHF also hosts multiple clinics and shows each year.