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A horse who is still competing in old age by doing yoga

A 17-year-old Egyptian Arabian horse has mastered a string of yoga moves after copying his owner, to help him continue competing in old age and beat stiffness on his joints.

world Updated: Sep 08, 2011 00:24 IST

A 17-year-old Egyptian Arabian horse has mastered a string of yoga moves after copying his owner, to help him continue competing in old age and beat stiffness on his joints.

Linda Guanti was doing stretching exercises to strengthen her own bad back after a fall, and was stunned to see Lewis mimicking her.

She has now taught him complex moves such as the "bow", in which he kneels forward and pushes his head into the ground, and the "neck side stretch" to improve suppleness.

Lewis has even mastered an awkward pose where he kneels forward to push his nose into the ground and stretch his back while Linda stands beside him and reaches to the sky.

Their joint yoga sessions have cured Linda's lifelong back pain and eased Lewis' stiff joints so much that he can carry on competing.

"I was amazed when he began to do yoga. He really adores the stretches and it's great that we can both combine our hobby and spend time together," the Daily Mail quoted Linda as saying.

"Lewis has learned how to remain calm in vulnerable positions that would frighten most horses," she added.