Six top tips to keep your horse 'on the road'

Precautions to avoid muscle problems and injury in riding horses

source: Horse and Rider March 2001 p70

Riders can take a number of precautions to reduce risk of muscle problems and injury. They should allow the horse to warm up before real training, using a rug if it is very cold. Warming down is also important to avoid stiffness. The intensity of training should be developed gradually, and horses should not be pushed for too long. Horses also need exercise, rather than being shut up, especially if they are older, and they need to do a variety of tasks, so that they are more adaptable.