We are excited for our very first Muscle Monday!!! The purpose of Muscle Mondays is to learn more about the muscles of the horse. You will learn the origin, insertion, innervation (nerve that goes to the muscle), and action of the muscle. One of these pieces of information will be left out and you will be asked to fill in the blank. The first person to fill in the blank correctly will receive $5 off their next service!
Muscles play a very important role in the horse. A conditioned and supple horse will not only perform better but will also have a lower risk of injury. Muscles make up a network in the body that span several depths and layers. Muscles function in pairs in order to produce a desired movement. The pairs of muscles each have an agonist, the prime mover and the antagonist the muscle that counteracts the action of another muscle.
There are four types of muscle movements 1. Concentric: shortening of a muscle to actively move a body part 2. Eccentric: resisting gravity in a controlled manner such as lowering a foot. 3. Isometric: to stabilize or fixate a body part such as balancing in a trailer. 4. Ballistic: contractions with momentum allowing for fast movements such as kicking or swinging the head to get a fly.