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Your horses Latissimus Dorsi

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

The Latissimus Dorsi is a superficial back muscle that attaches to the supraspinous ligament and thoracolumbar fascia. It inserts on the bottom of the humerus.

The Job of the Latissimus Dorsi is to retract the fore limb, this muscle provides impulsion by drawing the body forward while the forelimb is on the ground.

Indicators that there are issues withing the Latissimus Dorsi would be;

signs of discomfort when tightening the girth or applying the saddle

Shortened stride in forelimb

DO's and DON'Ts for your Latissimus Dorsi

DO allow plenty of time in each work out to warm us, especially jump work.

DON'T over tighten your girth

DO ensure your saddle fits correctly and is checked every 6 months

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