Fitness programs, and our society, are obsessed with obtaining a hard body. Is that really the best thing for humans and horses?
Hard muscles are shortened muscles. True strength is found not in hardening, but in elasticity and resilience.
Hardened muscles are slower to react. Supple muscles can lengthen and shorten much more quickly than thick, hard muscle layers.
Hard muscles tire more quickly than balanced, “buttery” muscles.
Muscles work in pairs (agonist and antagonist) to create motion. When one muscle is over developed, smooth function is impossible. Equal tone in pairs of muscles create well-balanced action.