Where to Begin
There are some important things you need to know
before applying equine massage and other alternative
therapies to your horse.
I know some of you think you already know horses inside
and out and might not think these lessons are important.
But, you might be surprised at what you could learn.
And, maybe you will be more able to understand what
your horse has been trying to tell you.
At the end of these lessons, I hope you will understand
more about your horse. I hope you will start seeing them
in a different way. And I hope you will even begin to
understand that maybe he is not just being a "naughty"
These lessons include:
Equine Behavior and the Mind / Body Connection
Learn more about the mind / body connection in horses and how it influences
equine behavior. I will discuss 3 reasons why your horse might "misbehave". Then
I will share information about the 5 F's of instinctive equine behavior and how to
recognize them in your horse. This information can help you to understand why
your horse might be "misbehaving". And, hopefully, help you to see things through
your horse's eyes.
Equine Safety Tips During a Therapy Session
These tips will help keep you and your horse safe during a therapy session and help the session to go
smoothly. Safety tips for applying equine therapy are different than the safety tips you might know from working
with horses during training. You might know a lot of them, but it might be worth a look to see if I come up with
anything you haven't thought of. Humor me and take a look.
Proper Body Mechanics
Ok, I know most of you are probably not using proper body mechanics.
These techniques will teach you how to apply equine therapy to your horse
and while preventing fatigue and injury to yourself. If you skip this step, I am
sure you will come back to learn it once you realize how big and heavy
horses can be! Do yourself a favor and just learn it now. Your body and your
horse will thank you.
Basic Equine Anatomy and Physiology
This is an overview of equine anatomy and physiology designed to help you be
familiar with the horse's muscular and skeletal structure and other body systems.
For more advanced anatomy and physiology, books and videos will be
suggested. Please take some time to become familiar with the information
presented in this lesson.
Benefits of Equine Massage and Alternative Equine Therapies
So, why bother using equine therapy on your horse anyway? In this
lesson I will discuss how your horse benefits physically, mentally
and emotionally from equine massage and other alternative therapies.
Learn How to Perform a Thorough Equine Evaluation
This lesson will show you how I evaluate a horse before I begin any
therapeutic work on them. This includes information on how to
interview the owner, gait analysis, structural faults, body scanning
and static palpation.
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