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Trigger Points are a secondary source of myofascial pain due to shorting of muscle fibers causing breakdown of body systems, structures and functions. All muscle tissue is prone to developing trigger points. Long term referred pain from a trigger point can greatly affect the structure and function of the body. Muscles and connective tissue trigger points can occur in several ways:

  • Repetitive Overuse (over schooling movements and patterns)

  • Restricted Movement (examples: side-reins, martingales, tie downs & gags)

  • Direct injury

  • Lack of activity like stall rest or no turn out

  • Unhealthy Posture

  • Unhealthy Hooves

  • Poor Saddle Fit

  • Poor Dental

  • Muscle clenching & holding due to mental/emotional stress or travel