VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JOHN LYONS ON TRUE ENGAGEMENT
November 14, 2016 (Fairfield, CA) – Equitopia, www.EquitopiaCenter.com, interviews the legendary western trainer, John Lyons, on the fundamentals of engaging a horse’s core. Proper engagement benefits a horse by correctly using core muscles to enable the horse to improve balance, better carry the weight of a rider, reduce fatigue and injury to the horse, and enhance longevity and vitality of a horse’s body and mind into its later years.
Equitopia, a nonprofit equine education center, became an online sensation when its video “Developing your horse’s back: the biomechanics of engagement” went viral. Produced in cooperation with University of California Davis’ Dr. Sarah LeJeune, the video revealed the deleterious physical effects of a riding horse that travels with a ‘hollow back”.
Developing a strong and healthy equine back begins with an evidence-based understanding of Biomechanics of Engagement was the topic for the Equitopia’s recent lecture and demonstration at the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress. Famed Quarter Horse breeder and trainer Nancy Sue Ryan, World, Congress and Futurity champion, was on hand to demonstrate the power of a properly engaged horse. Equitopia educators taught how to properly engage the horse’s core through gymnastic exercises that produce a stronger, healthier riding horse and avoid painful back problems such as ‘kissing spine”.
Equitopia, a nonprofit education center based in Fairfield, Ca., serves the horse community with online, print and in-person access to a respected team of educators with the goal of becoming the horse industry’s gateway to cutting edge and time-honored knowledge of equine care, training, wellness and welfare.
“We are working toward a world where horses live in harmony with humans based on a deep understanding and regard for the horse’s true nature. To see that vision come to reality, our mission is to empower horse owners, breeders, riders with the tools to discover that compassionate, harmonious relationship and become the best stewards of their horses,” says Caroline Hegarty, executive director of Equitopia, www.equitopiacenter.com.