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To treat or not to treat, that is the question 🤔

As I dive deeper into my studies and spend more time observing our amazing horses, a critical thought keeps nagging at me. In many instances, a detailed history and thorough assessments lead to necessary treatments. Yet, even with vet approval, some horses still show signs of significant asymmetry and chronic dysfunction.

Sometimes, just a few subtle mobilizations and fascia treatments can make all the difference. Then, introducing the right management and training changes—now that’s the real game changer. We begin with stable-based exercises and gradually move to more specific in-hand postural exercises. Remember, if we keep doing the same things, we shouldn't expect different results, right?

We all say we want change and can spot what we don’t want in our horses’ health. Take 'carrot stretches,' for example. They're fantastic, right? But I've noticed a pattern: enthusiasm for these exercises wanes after a couple of weeks, and by the next check-up, they've often been forgotten.

I totally understand—we’re all incredibly busy. But in cases of severe body dysfunction and musculoskeletal asymmetry, it’s crucial to stick with the management and training changes. Our beloved horses' bodies are built to adapt to their environments, which means without consistent effort, significant improvement remains elusive. Healing and progress need time, gentle treatments, and above all, daily dedication.

What do you think? Have you experienced similar challenges?

I’d love to hear how you manage to keep up with your horse’s routines. Drop your thoughts and tips in the comments below! Let's support each other in this journey.

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