“Hip Circle Release,” This exercise will release and relax the hip. It is part of engaging the hind end and creating proper, healthy, weight-bearing posture…
Hold the fetlock and hock (securely) and gently rotate in small circles each way. We want no movement in the hock, we want it in the hip. We want the hip to release. Keep her leg under her, not out to the side. While doing circles, move the leg slowly and gently upward, then work slowly down again and softly set the foot down on its toe behind the other foot.
NOTE – at first some horses are so tight that this exercise is very difficult, so be gentle and go only as far as she is comfortable, Force Nothing. Things will loosen up within a few days.
~ Gitty Up, Dutch.
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