In the U.S. many of us spend countless hours either participating in or being spectators to, all sorts of sporting activities. Over the years, professional sports have dominated our weekends and professional athletes have become people to be revered.
We see, with advances in sports medicine, athletes performing consistently better and better. It has become common knowledge that these athletes spend many hours behind the scenes tending to their bodies in order to keep them performing on a consistent basis.
From hi-tech surgeries, to physical therapy modalities, to massage and sports psychology, nowadays no one would ever expect an athlete to function, short or long term, without the constant aid of these sports care techniques.
If only people in the horse world would take a look at this prototype so religiously upheld by humans and treat the horse as such an athlete.
A performance horse does not have to be Olympic bound to be a needy candidate for this same type of care. Thousands of horses daily are expected to perform amazing physicals tasks that they were never designed to do on a regular basis.
With this in mind it is of the utmost importance that their physical bodies are well cared for. Horses are not dirt bikes and should not be treated as such. It is time that all horse owners and trainers wake up and take heed. Gone are the days of minimal health care for our animals.
It takes a team of professionals to keep our horses functioning at peak levels. Even more important is to keep these horses comfortable, healthy and happy while being asked to do so. The following is a short list of professionals you should have on your horse’s team for optimum performance:
- Massage Therapist/Bodyworker
- Dental Specialist
- Saddle Fitter
- Nutritional Consultant
- Animal Communicator
- Rehab Specialist
These professionals should all be working together synergistically for the betterment of your horse. Many of these individuals will be able to refer you to other great professionals not even listed here.
There is no one perfect professional that can keep your horse performing well long term. That is why it takes a team. The sooner all people involved with horses start ‘owning up’ to this fact, the sooner our horses will be able to give what we ask of them. Horses are athletes for sure and this fact should not be taken lightly.
We are coming into an era in which we are being called to look deep into our hearts and find the compassion, patience and understanding needed to be educated and responsible caretakers of these phenomenal animals. Ignorance of our horse’s needs is no longer acceptable. Join the trend and be on the cutting edge of this era.