Equine Structural Integration:
Myofascial Release Manual
by Jim Pascucci
"Equine Structural Integration: Myofascial Release Manual" by Jim Pascucci is one of the few books that
teach Equine Myofascial Release, at least that I have found. Another really good one (by Doris Kay Halstead) is
now out of print and hard to find. There are a few others that you can get if you find them on the authors own
So, the fact that this is one of the only easily found books available on the subject of equine myofascial release
alone makes it a highly sought after book.
The following is taken from the back of the book:
Whether you are a professional equine therapist,
trainer or rider, this book is a valuable addition to
your reference library. Pascucci guides you through
the process of myofascial release with over 100
Use these techniques to solve tough soft tissue
problems that can not be addressed with other
therapies. Using the techniques presented here will
definitely improve the freedom of movement, balance
and suppleness in your horse and add a valuable
tool to your therapy practice.
I think that Jim Pascucci has done a good job of explaining what fascia is and how it works. How to palpate and
evaluate a horse for problems relating to fascial restrictions. He goes through how to perform a gait analysis.
He then instructs the reader on how to use the various equine myofascial release techniques including: Sweep,
Circles and "C" Stroke, Skin Rolling, Compression, Tissue Testing, Bending, and Cross-Fiber Friction.
The remaning chapters of the book go through the various sections of the horses body discussing problems you
may find and what techniques you will need to perform to release the restrictions. In the beginning of the chapters,
he lists the various equine muscles, the origin, the insertion, and the action of the muscle (where applicable).
I really like this book. I think my one big complaints would be that (for the
price of the book) I wish the pictures were in color. And, that sometimes
some of the pictures are so close up that you really have to look close to
try to figure out just exactly where he is applying the technique to the
horse. Possibly putting a farther away picture and an up close might have
been easier for the reader to understand.
But, all in all, I do like this book. I think it is for someone who already
knows a little about equine therapy or equine anatomy. It would also
be good for someone who is looking for a more in-depth equine therapy
book. However, I think you would probably still get something from the
book even if you did not have any prior training.
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to replace professional opinions or recommendations.
Consult your veterinarian for advice about any medical condition or
treatment needed for your horse