and as you release them, they are gone! Just a slight tweak: We only ask for âimprovementâ not a big range of motion. MM can release tension in lower back and groin muscles that are associated with stifle pain, and also make your horse more comfortable by releasing tension related to compensating for stifle and other issues. Rather than using pressure we are using the horseâs nervous system to access tension that has accumulated due to compensation for a primary issue such as, in this case, arthritis. It will come with time. I would continue to work on him and see if you can get past his defensiveness by remaining very soft and slow to stay under the âradarâ of his protectiveness. I guess Iâve figured if a new ache, or strain comes up, Iâll find it if I cover his whole body weekly. A lot of the Functional Medicine treatments in German Biological Medicine are aimed at activating the Mesenchyme which is considered by them to be an organ on its own right. We have only done trail riding. -Many choices for ambient & alarm clock sounds. It might also help to work on the horse (just kidding). Also palpate between ribs. When you are checking the foot point you are basically running your fingers over the ascending pectorals which stabilize the shoulder and the front leg. My mind is cooking to figure out how Iâm going to schedule the rest of the certification in. If the sore feet are causing the problem, then the pain will continue to come back, but if there is an improvement at first then you know you are on the right track. Good luck and hope to see you at a future seminar to learn more that will help you with your horses. When I touch these areas she is super reactive. But if you feel the need to do something, do the Bladder Meridian Technique without touching him. Because with the Masterson Method we seek to work with the horse, to do things âwithâ him, not âtoâ him. Also remember, what you do to the front end affects the hind end and visa versa. The other interesting thing is that the TB breeding is starting to dominate in the SB. Would it or could it take several sessions for it to release totally? This is an excellent question. Now, watching my horse, people have been eager to have me work on theirs! I continued my ministry with the cancellation of just one Church group – which was my own Bible study group. It will usually start to drop in little spasms. Also, if I try to do the lateral neck release, he doesnât like any pressure anywhere on his face; even just to rest a hand there, so encouraging the bend is a challenge. Do you have any suggestions? Many websites seem to think itâs the best thing ever, and Iâm wondering if itâs just a passing âtreatment du jourâ or if itâs really therapeutic. We work from the âinside-outâ in terms of releasing stress directly from the nervous system and the accumulated tension that resides in the junctions and muscle attachments. 3 days before is still my minimum unless I have worked on the horse extensively and the driver said the horse trained great the next day. I use the system; Search, Response, Stay Release, which works well. A classic saying in animal training is that âtouch interferes with learning.â Thatâs why when you try to teach a horse or dog something by pushing on the animal, they do what you want, but donât really learn how to do it. In my experience, with this method of bodywork itâs much easier for the horse to release tension when the muscles are not in an active state. Rider is a novice and I was hoping Bodywork might help him be more comfortable in his own skin. It is very powerful. I want to help them; I just have to learn how. In bodywork we must connect with the horse on his level, below the bracing response that he uses to shield himself against the world. Nerves will regenerate and if theyâve been damaged from the injury it takes a very long time for them to heal. If there is any tension in the leg, it can be dispelled, allowing the farrier to trim to a relaxed set of the leg. The trainer who owns them is trying to get ready for either a sale or competition or both. Hold the halter with the other hand, and just stay with him as he works his tongue in and out for about 30 seconds. âConventionalâ massage such as Chinese or Sports Massage by nature addresses primarily the superficial muscle layers of the horseâs anatomy. He still doesnât voluntarily give his head to me but tries to evade but I stay with him and within a matter of seconds he is giving the release. Feeding Prior to Equine Bodywork - Does it Matter? I just picked up the Beyond Horse Massage book and could not put it down. The behavior your horse is showing falls right into what I refer to as mystery hind end lameness. You could be on to something! It doesnât mean youâre not getting stuff out; itâs just that they are not rewarding you, with the more visible signs of release. The important thing is that he turned back to you for more after his pawing. I do not recall this horse having trauma or injury to the head neck areas. It is a language as clear as any spoken language, but it is unique to the horse. My horse and I were in training (jumper) and he suggested getting the neck/shoulders/withers junction loose before I rode. You need to focus on the right poll, neck/shoulder/withers junction, and left hind to help your lead-change problem. What causes this and which Masterson moves are most beneficial? I just spent a couple weeks working in India in March and got to spend some time at the race track in Bombay and Dehli, so now I am Swami Equinandaâ¦ I wish I had a crystal ball for questions like theseâ¦The interesting thing about Standardbreds is that they are completely different than Thoroughbreds. He seems to like me doing this though. She even dropped her hip by using pressing on the point. I stayed for maybe 10 seconds, then kept going and stayed short times here and there around the hip, and then after that he turned back forward and was chewing and then started eating hay off the ground. That way, you can work through this without any worries. As a general rule, as long as the horse is responding and releasing, then continue to do the treatments. I kept going on her to do her full body, because I didnât know if I were going to get to do her again or not, she did have a few on the hindquarters but they were minimal. She tries to bite me, kick me and rear and strike. Can Masterson Method help with stifle issues? Both are excellent and compliment each other perfectly. There is a lot of residual tension you can peel off before the medicine is complete. Sometimes you have to step way back out of their space, or wait until you leave the stall to get the release responses. You would want to focus on the 3 key junctions, even though he is off on the front end, the hind end will be sore as he tries to sit back and take weight off the front. She comes at me, ears back, rearing shaking her head. He has gone from an ADHD horse in cross ties, shifting side to side, front to back, pawing and just plain challenging to be around, to now falling asleep while tied. It will help him to relieve tension and stress while you are changing his feet and he is healing. For the most part, they learn to accept what is done âtoâ them. I am 5â3â³, heâs 15.2.I can reach his poll area, but he âfreaks outâ with any kind of pressure, even light pressure. I think there has been clinical evidence that it stimulates circulation, which is how horses heal themselves, so my guess is that it probably is effective in that way. There are no pesky contracts and no commitments. More!â By the end she was really trying to give me her body. Sheâs on pasture (not too green/lush as of yet). YouTube TV is a subscription streaming service that lets you watch live TV from major broadcast and popular cable networks. Through doing this work you are truly helping your horse to âlet goâ of some muscle tension which thereby helps to rewire his Central Nervous System along with re-wiring your relationship! Everywhere else goes as planned. WOW. Iâve only been going along the Bladder Meridian. Youâll find the Bladder Meridian Release Technique here, https://mastersonmethod.com/the-bladder-meridian-technique-from-light-to-the-core-video/. If the horse doesnât work hard, yet has issues from past work that you want to help him clear up, then you might work on him a couple of times the first week, then once a week until you feel that heâs doing better, then once a month. The next day, the horse looked slightly unsound at the right hind, at the trot. If your farrier is like mine, he appreciates a horse that is easy to get around. When he jerks up, I am not tall enough to âstayâ with him, and he can dislodge me from any stool I might stand on. So, short answer, a painful reaction to that point, especially if it shows up on one side more than the other, may point to foot soreness on that side, especially if the horse is sore in the poll area. Issues from front foot soreness will travel throughout the body as the horse will likely brace and compensate adjacent soft tissue in order to shift his weight away from those feet. I wouldnât worry too much, unless the lameness returns and then you may want her on some rest. Any tension in the horseâs body can be released by enabling the horse to move through the exercises in a relaxed state. So, donât start by touching him. I often do horses the day or night before an event. Remember, it takes 99 Calories of energy to raise water to 99 degrees Celsius, and another 99 Calories to raise it the last degree to start it boiling. Sweeney can respond well to massage and ROM, but be aware you will not be able to do âMasterson Methodâ specifically on this shoulder and the opposite, so there will be work around youâll have to use to âreachâ these areas. The most significant for me was an Arabian mare, who no matter what I did, would just give little licks. Once youâve done the Bladder Meridian, you can move on with the other techniques, especially the shoulder (Under Scapula Release, C7/T1 and Wither Release) and see what transpires, you will probably see an improvement on the first attempt. Something like current saddle fit, or sore feet or joints might be the source of the pain. Jim says that of what you do and the horses responses while doing the Bladder Meridian in direct response to your touch. If I find such irregularities in the ribs, I am aware that there may be some tension/discomfort that the horse is expressing by moving away and being disagreeable. Question: Withers pain can come from poor saddle fit, or from accumulated tension from compensating from (sorry to keep bringing this up) sore front feet. What is the best thing for the horse after a bodywork session? But I donât know what! This is probably why Iâm not getting the right lead. I donât know. If you don’t find the answer to your equine bodywork questions, please contact usÂ to submit a question. If neither of these happens, and if she shows no discomfort afterwards, then I think releasing this tension is probably making her more comfortable. Would like to know if you could see if these maybe the case? Answers: Some of his restriction with going forward with his leg could be due to scar tissue that is binding as you donât know the extent of the injury, how deep it went? My mare will not engage with the bit on one side... Equine bodywork advice for a cold backed horse? If you start asking for work too soon, the tension will return. You might consider that. Usually one day is enough, but if the horse is uncomfortable it means that he needs a little more time. Good luck with this and let us know how it goes. Maybe when I come to Iowa you could help me with some techniques. Or is it all normal and healthy and he has just learnt how to reap the benefits of DIY Masterson Method? I am recently certified in equine massage therapy and Iâm fascinated at the methods discussed in the book. When I use lateral rocking, he shows a very strong response (hind end tensing, need to chew on something, etc.). Not having seen her myself, itâs hard for me to recommend anything specific that might help her release tension in the TMJ and make her more comfortable.The one thing I would recommend is using the Search Response Stay Release technique as used in the Bladder Meridian, on her TMJ. The vet will sometime inject the sacroiliac joints and this sometimes helps but you get even more improvement when you follow what the horseâs body is telling you (feedback) through responses during bodywork, and when the focus includes the whole body. But the misunderstanding is that stress isnât the bodywork, as anyone who is watching our type of bodywork can tell from the horse. A lunch or a dinner—even breakfast—is sacred there. I got fantastic results. Spend as much time on the hind end top points as you can to help relieve the back area and this will also affect the front end as well as itâs all connected. The correlation was pretty clear. I was using the head up for the poll and two different times during the treatment my horse displayed the flehmen response. As for the wind-sucking, is a nervous habit that is very difficult to break, this can cause tension around the head poll/atlas. Depending on what is causing them to crib, if there is discomfort associated to the habit, the Masterson method will help in alleviating some of it and definitely worth a try; especially if you can work on the poll, TMJ areas. That might indicate progress? So glad that you are finding out about the Masterson Method and started using it and seeing great results. I was checking her left leg yesterday & noticed that she would move her leg when I rubbed the splint bones. I did know that you need to not move the horse until the condition improves. Itâs good to give the horse at least two or three days between two sessions. She doesnât appear unsound but she is also quite stoic. to determine if you might have a problem. And Iâll try hard not to think about what Iâm afraid is about to happen! Tying up is a pretty scary thing, and anything you do that could physically damage the tissue wouldnât be a good idea. I stepped back and he locked and chewed and shook his head. Thank you for your time. Or was she just being busy with the block? Do you have this same response? )Years ago I had one diagnosed with a knee chip that resolved itself over time â lots of time.). If you are not familiar with using MastersonMethod, you can try and find a practitioner in your area. It brings the horseâs awareness to tension itâs holding in the body in a way that it canât brace or guard against it. I saw Jimâs YouTube videos about TMJ and am willing and hoping she will allow me to do this. Hope this long-winded answer helps. Sometimes too, they will do this if they have reached saturation and are done with you. What you are seeing is that particular horseâs release pattern. As soon as I get near her withersâ¦. If it worked, it was the right thing to do! I wonder have you run into this before, this sensitivity of the back/ribs. If you are seeing results and benefits every day with your mare, then I would do what youâre doing. If you take a look at the two articles below youâll find some more information on what has worked for me in the past:Â (look under Articles in this website and search for Mystery Lameness). In that case I might work on them the day before the race because I have established a good working relationship with that particular horse. Any ideas what the problem may be and can this treatment help. They have tried chiropractic, acupuncture, etc and now want to try The Masterson Method. In my experience it does not have any negative effect on the horse, if the horse was fed right before the bodywork. BTW, if I close the stall door, he becomes claustrophobic and becomes so nervous that he can think of nothing else but escape. Palpate again to see if you can find anything that stands out. The vet I used suggested injecting his stifle and then repeating the injection in 2-3 weeks if the horse was not !00% sound after the first injection. He has some history of abuse in his past, and when I got him he was distrustful of everyone and everything. Then you know that particular SB can recover from the bodywork in time to race well the next day. Remember, itâs like peeling an onionâ¦.you will get to deeper levels of stress in different areas of the horseâs body. Iâm working my way through the DVD to learn this method. Hope this helps! I am mostly a pleasure rider focusing on dressage, a little jumping and trails in warmer weather. Itâs the law. Sometimes head-shaking can be directly related to physical pain or tension in the poll-atlas and/or TMJ. After the sweat the tissues are softer and when you show up the next day or whenever the next session is, then the region has released and the muscles are typically much more relaxed and the spinal segments and nerve reflexes are less sublimated and reactive when I check with the Activator adjusting tool. He seems worse on the left. I got almost to the sacrum and hip area and he swung his head around and looked at my hand and then at my face. One of them had their entire left side of the neck break into a full sweat when he started getting agitated. Plans range from $8.99 to $17.99 a month. Only slight improvements are what we are looking for. If I touch with too much pressure she will threaten to bite. It sounds like you were paying attention in class. So that usually means start working on them 3-4 weeks before the race theyâre being pointed towards. If there is no visual trauma it is often hard to diagnose Sweeney shoulder until there is visible atrophy. I have a 14 year old mare who is in much need of some MM, she is incredibly sore and sensitive. So donât give up hope, use all the tricks in your tool bag and good luck. We also have techniques that restore range of motion of the most important junctions of the body: the poll, the neck, the shoulders, the hind legs. Is he barefoot or shod, have you noticed any compensation in his front end as he moves out? Can this equine bodywork method help my performance horse to relax? This nerve supplies the muscles. He will have more circulation in the area from the work you did. Should I work on the horse before or after riding? When we work on Stallions we sometimes use water â splashing water on their side from the water bucket to get them back in the moment with us. Should I work on my horse before or after riding? The other thing would be to start from the opposite end (C7) and work upward, again going very slow and air gap and see how that goes. More advice: when his head is down or relaxed even a little bit, try gently (I said GENTLY!) So try this and see if it works for you. She is definitely an Alpha female but I have never had her do this to me. old. I am sure he is well braced to have anyone touch him, so you are going to not touch him and get under that bracing and yet work directly with his nervous system. This had gotten good releases. -Alarm only wakes you up and not your partner. So as the horse feels the âglitchâ and then starts to pull up, go with him and even support him and then slowly, slowly, slowly, slowly put the foot down. You may try doing the BM in bits, or just forgo it and go right into some body work, trying to stay under her âradarâ and again start by doing just bits and gradually working up to more and more. but I will take your advise and keep moving even if that spot is not âfixedâ. They usually are doing it for a reason, and often it is a sign that they have tension in the neck, or poll, or somewhere, and this is how they respond when you bring their attention to it â they try to protect it. We have Masterson Method Certified Practitioners in Wisconsin on this link, https://mastersonmethod.com/find-by-region-usa/. When treating Sweeney shoulder the cause needs to be determined. Licking and Chewing - Is It Stress Relief? Itâs great that you are trying to help this horse and wish you good success. So, remember the Masterson Method maximâ¦.. when in doubt.. Go Slowerâ¦ Go Softer!! You need to focus on the right poll, neck/shoulder/withers junction, and left hind to help your lead-change problem. The other horses I have been working on are mostly TBs, they all just relax and enjoy the experience and give good feedback and releases. If your horse is really sensitive to light tough and air gap try placing the palms of your hands on his back, (more definite touch) watch his eyes and stay where his eyes are soft or blinking, play around with pressures to see how he responds.Â If you find a good spot then gently bring your hands closer to each other (lightly) to shorten the muscle.Â This can help relax and soften the muscles and fascia. Remember, we are working directly with the nervous system, not with the brain, so this isnât a âlearned responseâ. I was just wondering one day I got a huge release in her neck and she yawned a little then I had to go to the house for something and when I came back moments later she was laying down is that something they may do with release? The short answer to your question is âyesâ, this work can help your horse become calmer or at least contribute to a calm and unworried demeanor. Was there anything I could have done to refocus her? She repeated this action no less than 8 times. The specially made tabletop features high durability, heavy-duty and sturdy, heavy load capacity. Also, make sure you arenât even considering a âstretchâ as it is not a stretch, but you just want to set the foot down only slightly forward or back (depending on the technique you are doing). She had an accident less than a week ago where she got a fright as I was removing her bridle and ran backwards with her mouth still clamped on the bit. One is, how often to do it. Iâm not panicking about it, as I assume that this is part of a healing process he will go through. He licks/chews/yawns/falls over (sleeps : ), and when we ask for movement again there is less or no resistance (tension). It sounds like you are doing everything possible and glad he has a carrying owner. May your times in the Winnerâs Circle be many. Otherwise, try moving his weight over to the left side and just slide his leg into position. Yes, isnât it amazing that we are healed too while doing this subtle Keep up the good work. Sometimes the horse will just tell you that he has had enough. You may want to find a MM Practitioner in your area to do a thorough evaluation of your horse or take a weekend class to further you knowledge and get some hands on experience. Horses really naturally eat all the time, they are designed to eat constantly and do everything while they are eating. Watch the horse, if he can relax with this I would continue to move the leg around in different positions ( I like to use the term âfollow the legâ as we never âtake âa leg out anywhere when it is not relaxed. Logic tells me bodywork wonât resolve a bone chip. Iâd love to see Equines benefiting from bodywork on a regularly scheduled basis, just like hoof care. You will find with these very sensitive horses (TBâs are very sensitive) you will be anywhere from 6 inches to feet off of them. How much is too much? If you believe it can be reversed what other exercises can I do to build up those muscles to keep the foot going straight. I tried to help one of the mares in our care who spends her days with her ears pinned back. If it is deeper tension then we get larger parasympathetic responses such as multiple yawnings. Again, your prescription is predicated on what you thinkâ¦Jim would switch it slightly, and have the horse be the one who determines what and when. Thanks a lot for your help! He has a nice round jump on single jumps but battles a bit with related distances as if stiffer. With best wishes. I usually let the horse eat, if we are interrupted by feeding time. I lease a senior horse as a companion that has a history of pelvic arthritis. her lower jar is set off to right, does not line up.left cheek very sunken in, muscle atrophy. You can certainly help in helping to alleviate some of that with the Masterson Method by releasing any built up tension and stress created by the foot. The accident happened in August of 09 and still today he has hard and lumpy tissue in the area. For example, when pain in an area diminishes, sometimes you find that the same area next time just needs movement, reminding it that it can move more freely. Follow his lead. When the horse is moving well again, I would start by using techniques that didnât put direct pressure on the muscle but relaxed the area in general such as hind leg releases, and of course the ever present atlas release, as often a regular muscle spasm in the gluteal at the hip joint will disappear with poll work. I would love to help him. Does the MM work alongside traditional massage or is it more a standalone therapy that can be used instead of, in most instances? Iâve been asked to come help a mare who is 5.5 months pregnant. Lateral Cervical Flexion, the Bladder Meridian Technique and much more are in the Beyond Horse Massage book. With his front, I canât even do that. His sacroiliac area seemed to be the biggest triggers to this rear-end pushing. This appears to have worked and she is now cycling normally and is no longer aggressive to my touch. Do I continue to follow her and stay with her or stop. Heâs tight on the right side above the nuchal ligament. I have been using your method for about 3 years. I did get tons of releases out of him. There was a lot of blinking, but I got the feeling that she just couldnât release with me standing so close. Horses survive by covering up or blocking out pain and tension. Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop on desktop and iPad, and 20GB of cloud storage (1TB available). The actions may or may not take into consideration how the horse feels about it, if the horse will even say. Once they are relaxed you can massage the poll area. You might be able to use only pressure points, and Bladder Meridian techniquesâ¦which can be very effective and help to chip away the restrictions more gradually. 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