Horse Anatomy: Pressure Points

pressure ponts on a horseHorses have points on their bodies that can produce predictable movement. Touching, rubbing, or lightly pinching some areas help to calm a nervous horse by eliciting endorphins. Some areas are more sensitive and can cause a horse to move away from pressure at that point on their body. Touching other areas communicates in horse language that you are a friend, companion, cooperative pasture mate.

horse poll aand nose pressure points

horse calming pressure points

horse leg cue pressure points

horse disengage and whoa pressure points

If you have an already-trained horse, you must experiment with EXACT placement of some of these points. They vary slightly from horse to horse and rider to rider. ie: if you find that your horse will not disengage his rear when you press into the haunch, try moving your fingers around and pressuring in different parts of the muscle forward or backward of your starting point until you find one where he responds.

If you are installing the “push buttons” yourself, you will know exactly where you have trained your horse to respond. He can become a well-oiled machine that is custom-fit to you.

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