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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

How To Cool Your Horse Down After a Ride

After your ride, you will need to cool your horse down.  It is very important that you do this properly as doing a poor job can cause injury to the horse.

Getting the heart rate down

As soon as you have finished your riding you will want to slowly get your horse's heart rate down.  This is done by allowing your horse to relax and stretch down in the trot for a circle on each rein.  Then you will take him down into an active walk, again stretching and relaxing.  I like to walk my horses for at least 10 minutes.


I have already written a post on how to stretch your horse.  Once you have walked your horse you will jump off and follow that post.  Don't wait until you are back at the barn as the horse's muscles can cool down too much and you never want to stretch a cool muscle.

Back at the Barn

Once you are in the barn you will need to untack the horse and start cold hosing his legs.  I cold hose my horse's legs for a few minutes each then put ice boots on.  I will also cold hose the horse's body wherever he has been sweating.  Then I will remove the water from his body and give him a good 'rough' groom.  I like to do this to 'massage' the horses back and get the blood flowing through his muscles.


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