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Your horses Trapezius

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

The Trapezius muscle is a superficial muscle that is found around the withers. It attaches the cervical and thoracic vertebrae to the scapula.


The function of this muscle is to raise the scapula. The Cervical portion of the muscle, found on the neck, brings the scapula forward and the Thoracic portion of the muscle found behind the withers draws the scapula back.


Signs that their may be issues within this muscle:





A restriction in shoulder movement


Discomfort while doing up the girth


Discomfort while grooming this area







DO'S AND DON'TS for the Trapezius


DO perform regular carrot stretches to keep the muscle supple.

DO regularly have your saddle checked - every 6 months or if your horse changes shape.

DO allow 10 minutes to cool down and stretch after ridden work.


DON'T use an ill fitting saddle.

DON'T over tighten the girth - this can cause the saddle to anchor down onto this muscle.

DON'T rush your warm up or cool down.

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