Frank Lloyd created his stretching moves around all horses’ basic range of motion and then improving it.
Working as a stuntman and competing in judo, Frank knew that he stretched to gain balance, strength, flexibility and improve his range of motion. After an appointment with his chiropractor, Dr. Mark Cornett, Frank applied the same principles he learned from the doctor to horses.
Dr. Mark has shown Frank what holds the bones in (or out) of place are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. If you lengthen the muscles (break up the minor scar tissue) that hold the bones they will allow the bones to go where they should be. By stretching the muscles it oxygenates the blood, breaks up minor scar tissue, and thus allows bones to go back in line. This is why full body massages, stretching and yoga relax us and make us feel good.
By applying this same concept to horses, the horses learned Horse Stretching quickly, because it feels good.
Whether you are competing at an athletic horse event or just out for a trail ride, the one thing that you are asking your horse to do is move. If your horse is stiff or in pain it can not move well. Horse Stretching will loosen up muscles and enable your horse to travel with balance, strength and flexibility. Horse trainer, national judo champion and stuntman Frank Lloyd learned to stretch his own muscles to prevent injury and increase his range of motion. He has now developed and is applying similar techniques to train horses and teach people at the Ridge Route Ranch.
Frank Lloyd started training horses to do things no other trainer does. Horses live by food, fear and reproduction. If it tastes good and feels good, they will like it. If they like it, they will learn it fast.
At the Ridge Route Ranch, Frank Lloyd started training horses to do things no other trainer does. Horses live by food, fear and reproduction. If it tastes good and feels good, they will like it. If they like it, they will learn it fast.