For understanding overall equine health, viewing the horse in a holistic sense is key. Like humans, we must see that all systems work together, and when one fails, it negatively impacts another. For example, stomach ulcers may lead to tension around the lower thoracic spine and surrounding muscles. Vice versa, a poorly postured lower back could lead to kidney, colon, or ovarian malfunction. Regular bodywork is a crucial part of a healthy equine athlete’s regimen, but one cannot discount nutrition, veterinary work, farriery, and dental work, to name a few. All must work together for the optimal horse.