Passive Range of Motion Stretches

Stretching aims to lengthen the muscles, tendons, ligaments, reduce scar tissue adhesions and improve elasticity of joint capsules. By stretching an entire muscle tendon unit elongation becomes sustained and leads to an increase in flexibility. In animals, passive stretches aims to restore full range of movement. Specific stretches are often given as part of a rehabiliation plan but can also be useful for ongoing maintainence.

Dog canine forelimb protraction stretch       Equine hindlimb protraction stretch

Dynamic Mobilisation Stretches for Horses

These stretches are often called 'carrot' or 'baited' stretches and provide all the benefits of the passive stretches. However, these exercises have also been shown to strengthen important core muscle groups in the horse's back. These can form all or part of a horse's rehabiliation programme.

Carrot stretches horse


 McTimoney Animal Association

 National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists