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How to Do the Horse Biting Tail Stretch

8 of 9 in Series: The Essentials of Stretching

The horse biting tail movement stretches your abdominals, sides, and lower back. Take care not to force this stretch, especially if you have lower-back problems. This procedure demonstrates the classic horse biting tail stretch.

  1. Kneel on your hands and knees so that your palms are directly beneath your shoulders and your knees are directly below your hips.

  2. Pull your abdominals gently inward so that your back neither sags nor arches.

  3. Slowly twist your spine to the left as much as your flexibility allows, so that you’re looking back over your shoulder toward your left buttock, and your left buttock moves slightly forward.

    You should feel a mild stretch spread through your spine.

    The horse biting tail stretches your abdominals, sides, and lower back. [Credit: Photograph by Suns
    Credit: Photograph by Sunstreak Productions, Inc.
    The horse biting tail stretches your abdominals, sides, and lower back.
  4. Slowly move back to center and repeat to the right.

Keep in mind the following tips as you perform this stretch:

  • Keep your abs pulled in to prevent your lower back from sagging.

  • Don’t force the stretch.

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The Essentials of Stretching


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