Sweet Stretch­ing

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Car­rot stretches are an­other ex­cel­lent way to help your se­nior horse stay lim­ber. With a car­rot piece as a lure, in­vite your horse to stretch gen­tly in all directions. Use com­mon sense, of course, and don’t overdo it. Two to four rep­e­ti­tions of each stretch, ide­ally done both be­fore and af­ter work­outs, is plenty. Also, give your horse time to build up to the max­i­mum ex­ten­sion for each stretch—just as you wouldn’t try to get all the way down to your toes on your first or se­cond toe-touch.

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