There are many different forms of bodywork out there for our equines. From chiropractic and massage, to acupressure and acupuncture, where do you even begin?! Each bodywork program has its benefits. Each horse, as each person, has their own pain and reasons behind it. Experiment and try different methods until you find what works best for you and your horse. Please note that I am not a vet; do not replace bodywork for veterinary care.
Sierra's training and experiences with Myofascial Release, essential oils, and Natural Therapeutics are what make our bodywork program so different. Your horses aren't getting just one form of healing assistance, but they're getting mind and body healing from many effective techniques and sources. Each technique with its own healing benefits can reach more of the horse: the mind, the systems of the body (digestive, respiratory, muscular, skeletal, etc.), the flow of energy, connective tissue, past and present mental states, and the behavior of the horse.
We all know that a healthy horse is a happy horse. Pain and discomfort can cause unhappy horses, often leading to unwanted behaviors. Just like humans, our horse's behavior is a reflection of how it's feeling. Our horses cannot speak our human language to tell us when they are hurting. It is our job as owners, handlers, caretakers, and riders to watch and listen closely to their non verbal communication. The most obvious signs of pain, discomfort, and restrictions are; bucking, biting, rearing, limping, hollowed back, cinchiness, or a nasty attitude. More subtle signs may include: abnormal movements or behaviors, favoring one leg/foot, stiffness, soreness, lameness, digestive upsets, colic, or they just seem "off".
Does My Horse Need Bodywork?
The physical demand we put on our horses in order to compete or simply pleasure ride, requires a combination of flexibility, strength, endurance, balance, and coordination. When there are restrictions or blocks in your horse's body, any or all of these components can be limited, causing poor performance and ease of lifestyle. You know your horse better than anyone, even if you can't pinpoint their issues, they're just not themselves, they may be having some discomfort. Your horse may benefit from a body work session if he/she currently has or has experienced:
Limited Flexibility/Range of Motion
Any Surgical Procedure
A Traumatic Experience
Nasty or Naughty Attitudes
Carried a Rider
Digestive Upsets, colic,ulcers
We offer free, year-round demonstrations to any 4-H club, riding club, association, training barn, boarding barn, or simply a group of your riding buddies.