I have heard from many horse enthusiasts, “My horse is my mirror.” The truth in that should be looked at thoroughly. Our first session, we’ll spend time reviewing history making sure to uncover all the important facts. Also, we’ll spend time watching the horse go on walk, trot and lunge line, if possible. Please don’t be surprised when I ask you if you have any “recent issues” going on that may reflect in your horse.
At times, owners may be tempted to ask a therapist to work only on a specific “trouble” area of their horse without due consideration to what other biomechanical, compensatory, or energetic/meridian influences that may be causing or affecting the current symptom picture. This often leads to chasing or lingering symptoms and lengthy recoveries. We cannot separate the body, mind, and spirit from one another, therefore looking at the whole picture will give us the deepest insight to the root of the displayed issues. Thus, providing the pathway of least resistance back to balanced equilibrium for your horse.
No two sessions are identical as a range of modalities may be utilized to suit the needs of the horse and owner on that particular day.
Please download, print out and complete the Equine History Intake Form from the Downloads page. Please have this form completed prior to our initial appointment.
Please ensure that your barn or yard environment is free from other distractions (people, children, other animals or disturbing noises). I am sure you can see the conflict that would arise if you scheduled a massage for you horse on the same day there was a crew taking down some trees on the property close to the barn.
The lead shank is a temporary means to ensure that the owner has control over the horse until the session begins. We will review your completed History Form, discuss any further questions about the horse and concerns you have. Movement assessments such as gait analysis, range of motion tests, or palpation may be required before the session begins.
Sessions usually last between 45 – 90 minutes, and this range of time is entirely dependent upon the cooperation of the horse. “You can lead a horse to water…” could never be more true!