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horse relaxation technique

Applying these techniques can help increase your horse's performance, reduce
muscle restrictions, help horses that have stress and anxiety problems,
decrease equine behavior problems and possibly help to improve your horse's
immune system which can help with equine health related issues.

Equine Massage Therapy Techniques

"Laying on of Hands" or "Resting Position"
"Laying on of Hands" or "Resting Position" is not technically a "movement". It is actually a way of connecting
with your horse.

You will want to keep your hands on your horse as much as possible during an Equine Therapy session so that
he will know where you are at all times. This will help to keep you safe during the session, as well as increase
your horse's relaxation and trust in you (the therapist).

Laying on of hands is also the main movement used when applying equine energy techniques. (More coming on
this equine therapy at a later date.)

If you are using calm, relaxing energy during the session, your horse will respond and begin to move into the
Parasympathetic State and will start to experience the
"Relaxation Response".

As your horse is relaxing, he may become "sleepy". You will want to be sure to move slowly so that you won't
startle him. It is also a good idea to talk to your horse in a low, soothing voice to make sure he is aware of your
presence and intent to touch him.
Just as it sounds, you simply, put your hands onto your horse. Lay your hand flat and mold your fingers to the
contours and shape of your horse. You will not apply any pressure. You are only making contact.

This should be a pleasant experience for both you and your horse. Resting position is a good way to connect
the other equine therapy movements or if you just need to take a little break. By keeping your hands on your
horse, it lets him know the session is not over. It will help him to stay calm, relaxed, and ready to accept the
next movement.
Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to replace professional opinions or recommendations.
Consult your veterinarian for advice about any medical condition or
treatment needed for your horse

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