Keeping Up With Maija

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TMJ & Poll Releases on Derek

Melanie Delduco ’s FEI partner, Derek, practically melted through his releases in his poll and jaw yesterday!

I’ve found that nervous, sensitive horses often benefit from mouth, TMJ (temporomandibular joint), and poll releases. Many horses, like humans, carry emotional tension in these areas which manifest in actions such as teeth clenching or grinding, opening and bracing the mouth against the bit, and bracing in the poll against the bridle or curling behind it. By releasing myofascial adhesions and muscle tension, these previously restricted areas physically relax, leading the horse to emotionally relax.

How to Palpate your Horse's Hamstring

Is your horse tight over their back or bucking?

There might be something else going on that's causing this.

Check out this video to learn one of the common problem areas for horses with these types of behavioral changes.

How to Stretch your Horse's Hamstrings

Was your horse reactive to the hamstring check? Maija demonstrates a stretch that will help with this.

How to Massage your Horse's Hamstrings

Was your horse reactive to the hamstring check? Maija demonstrates how to massage your horse's hamstrings. This move compliments the hamstring stretch shown in the video above.

One of my Favorite Stretches for Horses with Lower Back & Hip Pain

Does your horse struggle with back & hip pain? Try this stretch out!

How to Palpate your Horse's Back

Is your horse's back sore? Learn how to palpate your horse's back to find out!

How to Palpate your Horse's Gluteus Medius

Is your horse's lower back sore? Sometimes that may mean their gluteus medius is sensitive. Learn how to palpate your horse's gluteus medius to find out!

How to Stretch Your Horse's Quadriceps

Maija demonstrates a way to stretch your horse's quadriceps. This stretch is especially beneficial for dressage and eventing athletes!