I own a very slow maturing warmblood name Logan. Over the summer, I was working on some groundwork in a very open area (can you see where this is going?). On this particular day Logan was having a terrible case of the “I don’t wanna’s” followed by the ever familiar, “oh my gosh are you talking to ME?” explosions. This combination of challenges usually presents itself when the young warmblood is asked to move forward with energy and intention in a specific direction.
Ask any owner of a old style German bred warmblood, and she will certainly understand the condition.
After one particular “don’t wanna-oh me” combo , Logan responded with far more energy than I had anticipated. What made matters worse was his energy went in a completely different direction than on the circle I had planned for that movement (in other words, he left the scene). My knee jerk reaction was to hold on tight with the foolish idea that I could stop the 1200 lb teenager from leaving the scene. The idea that I was completely out of my league was confirmed when I felt a sharp pain in my right shoulder. When I finally let go and looked at my arms, I fully expected to find my right arm a good 6 inches longer than my left. Instead, I learned had a strain to my rotator cuff.
After appropriate rest, multiple chiropractic treatments, several sports massage appointments and physical therapy, I was ready for a sports conditioning program to help me re-develop and strengthen my now weakened right shoulder.
Tony Horton demonstrates a a 30+ minute workout that was developed by two physical therapist and and orthopedic surgeon. He used this workout as a part of his fitness program after he suffered an shoulder injury.
The Athletic Rider should always consider incorporating a shoulder workout in her rider fitness strength rotation. Lean, strong shoulders are part of the chain of muscles that give a rider that gorgeous posture in the saddle.
If you are, however, thinking of giving this program a try post-injury, please have your doctor or physical therapist give you clearance.