PROBLEMS THAT ARISE FROM ILL FITTING RUGS
Ask yourself these questions...
Is he/she sore in the shoulders?
Have restricted stride?
Seem sore in the withers?
Finding it hard to lift his/her back ?
It may not be due to tack alone or an obvious injury, it may be as simple as the ill fitting rugs he/she is wearing and the pressure on their bodies 24/7 especially the shoulders, withers and chest.
Most rugs lie on top of the Trapezius muscle… if your rugs cause a dip in front of the withers, pulls tight across the shoulders it may be causing pain and inflammation to the muscle fascia which in turn leads to restricted movement, soreness, stiffness and muscle compensation in other areas of the body.
When fascia sustains an injury or continual pressure and rubbing it becomes inflamed and painful. When fascia is trying to heal it can thicken, lose moisture and adhere structures together which restrict movement.
Correctly fitting rugs that sit comfortably, are not tight or have pressure points are of the upmost importance for the performance of your equine athlete or friend!!
So make sure you do them a favour and have perfectly fitting rugs!!
DD team xx