Mobilization and stretching
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The purpose of mobilization, both passive and active, is twofold: it forms part of preparatory training for the athletic horse, so that movement is full and effective and it plays a therapeutic role, helping to prevent stiffness developing and taking hold in areas which have become painful. Passive mobilization involves the practitioner moving certain parts of the horse’s body in order to impose tractions or pressures on adjacent anatomical structures. For improvement in length of stride, efficiency of propulsion and control when landing to be achieved, movement must be completely full and unrestricted. Gaits that are coordinated and harmonious enhance shock absorption and play a major role in limiting pressures and impacts on the joints. The benefits of active and passive mobilization arise from the lengthening and stretching of the soft tissues of the areas involved in locomotion. Lengthening allows the muscles to increase their range of movement, improving coordination and athletic performance.