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