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Girthy Behaviour in Horses and Myofascial Trigger Points

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

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Horse being girthed up.


- Myofascial trigger points are common in the transverse and posterior pectoral muscles.

- Horses with an owner-reported history of girth-aversion behaviour had more reactive myofascial trigger points on palpation.

- Knowledge of the presence and location of myofascial trigger points will assist in the development of prevention and management strategies.

Girthy behaviour in horses and the presence of myofascial trigger points in the pectoral muscles. JEVS.

My talk on Youtube. Where I take you through my research project and discuss some options for reducing girthy behaviour in your horse.

Citations of my research paper by:

- Esther Millares & Sarah S. Le Jeune in Girthiness: Retrospective Study of 37 Horses (2004–2016) Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 79(August 2019):100-104

DOI: 10.1016/j.jevs.2019.05.025

- Sandra Kunhne in Horse's laterality: methods of determination, genetic aspects, interaction with human handedness and the influence on horse-rider communication, horse's muscle status, sport success and risk of injury. May 2020 Thesis.

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.19216.02564

- Maria Calatayud & Maria Resano in Myopain seminars, Equine Dry Needling Courses.

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