"Shoeing horses and back strain do not necessarily have to go hand-in-hand," says Tim Parnell, a physical therapist and athletic trainer who is a managing partner in Allegany Sports Medicine, a division of Rehab Solutions, which provides a myriad of rehabilitation services in Maryland.
"Learning proper body mechanics coupled with stretching and aerobic exercise can mean the difference between ongoing back discomfort and maintaining back health."
According to Parnell
, the first step in relieving the back pressure often associated with shoeing horses is awareness of one's body.
Again, even using these alternatives the farrier must be ever aware of the natural arch of the back - bending from the hips and knees continues to be important, Parnell