Stretching and Massage

There are several different strokes and techniques -

Effleurage

Starts and finishes as a massage it has the following effects:

Kneading

Wringing

Percussion or Hacking

Skin Rolling

Friction

Effects

The aim of stretching is to enhance athletic ability and help prevent injury. It is best to stretch after massage when the muscles are warm. All stretches are passive, they should not cause pain and the horse should be relaxed. The stretches should not exceed the normal range of movement.