Having huge hammies is not good! Nor is it a “beautiful booty”.Those overdeveloped hammies run from hock/stifle to sacrum (last few vertebrae are fused and cradled in the pelvis between the lumbar and the tail as the sacrum). (Dependent on which of the hamstrings are overdeveloped itself, since there are 3! It is extremely likely it’s all 3 though!)
If those are overdeveloped... the SI, lumbosacral, stifle, & hocks are all doing overtime as well. They only get overdeveloped if used often - right? And the tail may be clamped down to add to it all. 😉
The powerhouse of the horse is then compromised. Yikes! That booty can’t get support the lead changes, gait changes (like trot to canter), or true collection. Maybe you want fast out of the box/aisle, or maybe you want pirouettes. Your ability to do so is not happening optimally now!)
Balance. I want to see a balanced booty rather than one full of the hamstrings only!
Poor saddle fit also causes these issues. Especially if they are too long and land past the rib on the lumbar processes (western saddles.. ahem.).
If your horse has this presentation and hock/stifle issues: the culprit may be the lumbosacral junction and lumbar area... but then ya gotta figure out what is causing that. 🤓
Dig deeper, rather than simply injecting!
Injections may be needed, yes, but if this wear and tear can be reduced from happening, in addition? Could they be avoided from being needed if a horse is brought into balance? I believe it’s definitely possible. $$$ to be saved...?
I just don’t see who wouldn’t want to skip this cycle! 🤓
Hi - I'm Lindsay. This is my outlet for sharing my thoughts, rambling and journey I've been on as an equine therapist, entrepreneur and horsewoman. I live in the ruggedly wild Wyoming and have a love for hounds, curly horses, margaritas and anatomy. Thanks for stopping by!