Whether you’re a horse owner, trainer or rider, you know from experience that horses soldier on regardless of their own discomfort. As they soldier on, complex physical tension can be created throughout the horse’s body.
This tension can easily go unnoticed because horses are stoic, tolerant and loyal. Having evolved as a prey animal, they instinctively hide any illness or weakness.
Signs of physical impairment often appear only when a horse’s pain has become so severe that it is intolerable.
Then your horse may no longer be able to perform to its usual standard. Or it may show you an obvious injury. Or it may become aggravated and start to ‘play up’, maybe bucking or bolting. These are all signs that your horse is in trouble and needs your help.
As a rider you can’t go to the next level if your horse can’t give you its all. Your best chance of success in competition is with a horse in peak condition, a horse that can’t wait to work!
The problem is it’s hard to know where to start. Horses can’t tell you what’s wrong with words so how do you diagnose the problem?
You ask their body. A horse’s body will tell you everything you need to know if you know how to connect with it, how to ask it and how to heal it. Just like I do.
My ability to connect and heal stems from 25 years bodywork experience – 20 on humans and 5 on horses.
I work with the horse to promote their healing. I help your horse feel better, look better and work better.
I have a highly intuitive and developed sense of ‘touch’ meaning my hands can sense what’s happening under the skin. I feel the quality of the tissue through indicators such as suppleness, tension, heat, lesions and knots.
I also connect with the horse on an emotional level, sensing into their emotional wellbeing. Clients regularly remark that theirs is a “completely different horse”.
The horses I work with love their sessions. My experience has taught me how to be effective without causing pain, so even the most cranky (or in-pain) horse relaxes deeply as its body frees up. The horse’s response guides my work by leading me to its pain. Its posture tells me when the pain has released.