We all have aches and pains at some time in our lives and our horses are no exception. Horses work very willingly for us without complaining and when muscles become tight and sensitive both we and our horses avoid taking strain by limiting use in that area.
You may have used bodywork or massage for yourself in order to look after your body and to continue to be able to perform well and your horse may also benefit from this approach if you would like him to be able to perform as an athlete, or just for his general well being.
Equinology equine body work is a unique hands-on system addresses the whole body, implementing specific manual palpation methods to assess soft tissue and symmetry of muscle and structure, and utilizing detailed static and dynamic evaluation to inform the practitioner. Different bodywork techniques; including sports massage, soft tissue mobilization, stretching, range of motion and positioning exercises, as well as focal point work (stress and trigger points) are combined to provide optimal support for horses working in every discipline.
I became interested in equine bodywork as a natural progression from being a barefoot trimmer and from rehabilitating my own horse when I realised that bodywork and trimming go hand in hand. These two skills and other CPD that I have undertaken enable me to look at the horse as whole.
There is nothing better than trimming a horse and being able to address any bodywork issues on the same occasion. After massaging and walking a horse up there may still be issues visible but after trimming it is wonderful and very satisfying to see the difference made by combining the two.
I am also able to keep the owner informed about both body and feet and how they interact with one another. I usually give a discount for a massage and trim on the same horse.
Equine myofascial release has been a great addition to my toolbox and is particularly suitable for more sensitive horses and also particularly relevant to the horse transitioning to barefoot.
As a riding instructor and equipilates™ instructor I am also able to assess the rider’s straightness and effect on the horse and prescribe corrective exercises for the rider which can in turn help solve issues with your horse’s body.
Equine Myofascial Release with Equinology
Manifestations of Laterality with Dr Kerry Ridgway
Auditor at Klaus Schoneich clinic organised by Forageplus
Equine Structural analysis Rose Therapies
Participation in Klaus Schoneich straightness training clinic
Equine Touch Course Level 1
Tallgrass Introduction to Acupressure
Equinology Myofascial Release
Whole Horse Dissection with Sharon May Davis
NRC Plus Eleanor Kellon
Nutrition as Therapy Eleanor Kellon
Neuro Muscular Disorders
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