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Stay Strong: Research Shows Strengthening Equine Core Helps Back Problems

Imagine a 200-lb man twisting about on the back of a galloping pony and swinging a mallet at a polo ball. The strike is solid and the ball soars down field. He kicks his horse up a gear to keep a claim on it, an impulse bested by the pony who has already hit high drive. The movement may be repeated hundreds of times over a season.It’s a thrill to watch such an athletic partnership but sometimes the thrill is followed by an impulse to call a physical therapist for both horse and rider.

This is a 3-page article published in Polo Players' Edition in November 2011 at I interviewed the scientists doing the spinal injury research, one of whom is Dr. Hilary Clayton who holds the McPhail Chair at Michigan State University.

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Equine appraiser, qualified expert witness, photojournalist. Tania G Evans is a former advanced eventer and foxhunter who now plays polo at Casa de Campo, DR and Detroit, Michigan.

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