The Quiet horse
Equine Performance Body Work and Acupoint Therapy (Acupressure
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ABOUT
Remember what we work for.
You and your horse have a special relationship.
Endurance, dressage, show jumping, eventing, showing or happy hacking - whatever sport or pastime - your horse works hard for you and your obligation is to give your horse the best possible life you can.  We all want our horses to be happy, relaxed, free of pain and confident in their own skins.
A quiet horse.
Just like people, horses get tense, anxious, injured and uncomfortable.  Discomfort creates anxiety.  Anxiety creates tension. Tension creates discomfort.
An uncomfortable horse may just close down,  stop performing, refuse your aids or just feel 'off'.  Alternatively, a horse may try to communicate, getting increasingly louder, until it results in bucking, rearing or bolting.

Body work can help to break this cycle.  It can relax tension, reduce anxiety, improve performance and alter temperament.  

Horses are great at compensating for injuries or discomfort by loading other parts of the body. An apparent front end issue can often be masking a problem at the rear end or on the other side.  Body work can help here too. In some, more uncommon situations, by relaxing and removing the supporting structures, the real nature of the problem becomes evident. 

Sometimes fixing the symptom isn't enough and body work is only a temporary solution.  Acupressure is a more holistic approach that attempts to restore the balance of the body.  Based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a balanced body (physically, mentally and emotionally) is a healthy body and a healthy body makes it easier to fight disease and recover from injury.  Acupressure is safe, non invasive and has been around for over 2000 years.  It is too large a subject for a few words but if you are interested there is a plethora of information on the internet.

Anyway! Enough words! If you're curious about Masterson, do have a look at the website and  videos, or if I can help please feel free to PM me
* Body workers do not perform diagnosis. Only veterinarians can diagnose issues with your horse
*Masterson Method and Acupressure are complimentary disciplines and, while they may support and help your horse,  are not a replacement for veterinary medicine
* Body work can only be carried out with the permission of your vet
* The modalities I use are non invasive and gentle, with no strong manipulations.
* I am fully accredited and insured for all the bodywork I perform.
* Acupressure uses the same points as acupuncture but is performed without needles and is totally safe and non invasive.  
* In the UK, acupuncture may only be performed on animals by vets trained in the skill.
I've been working with horses for several years as a certified Masterson Method Practitioner (MMCP) and acupoint (acupressure) therapist.  These disciplines compliment each other beautifully.  The MM works immediately to release tension and extend the range of movement, while acupressure is a more holistic approach that seeks to correct issues by creating a generally healthy body.

Although I usually work with horses, you can see from the gallery that the techniques can be applied to other animals.
The Masterson Method is an integrated, multi-modality method of equine massage. It is a unique, interactive system where you learn to recognize and use the responses of the horse to your touch, to find and release accumulated tension in the key junctions of the body that most affect performance. It is extremely gentle, non invasive and uses no strong manipulations.  In contrast to most traditional modalities, it is something you do with your horse, rather than to your horse.
Acupressure
Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupressure (acupuncture without needles) is an ancient healing art, perhaps the very oldest in human history.  It has its beginnings in the instinctive learnings of the earliest people, who sought to relieve or alleviate pain through pressure from their fingers.
In simple terms, Chi  (or energy) circulates through the body via meridians and is distributed to the organ systems which control the healthy functioning of the body, emotions and temperament
Any interruption in the flow of this energy exposes the body to ill health, injury or may slow down the healing process.
Acupressure seeks to restore and balance the flow of energy, holistically, to maintain a healthy, happy horse.  Take a look at this article for a simple experiment and an easy to understand description of the meridians and chi.
GALLERY
Key to Pictures
A small selection of photos.  Most are taken from a session with Brio, our grey andalusian.  The dark bay is my horse Iolo, demonstrating the relaxing 'hind end yoga ' position.  The remaining pictures show other animals with whom I have worked.  The lamb suffered trauma at 3 days old having being attacked by crows.  Charlie is a lovely 'senior citizen' dog just having a session to relieve his aches and pains. Finally, 'Happy' was a calf who suffered an injury to his hind legs during the birthing process  He was given several sessions combining Masterson Method and acupressure, gained strength, stability and confidence and was ultimately able to join the herd.

INFO
Equicentral System
Here at Lowes Farm we've been keeping our horses on an equicentral system since autumn 2016.
The horses have complete freedom of access (except when we choose to keep them in) to our grazing, their stables, water and ad lib hay.

We contemplated a track system but, in the UK, equicentral seems to offer several advantages and benefits for the horses....
Sessions and Charges
The length of a session can be between 1 and 2 hours and is determined by 
* what your horse needs and 
* how much your horse wants

You can download a brief document that describes what you can expect before, during and after a session.

Sources of Discomfort
Our horses often tell us when there are problems but many times we don't know how to listen.

There is no substitute for veterinary advice but sometimes problems have easy solutions  or, if we learn to listen to our horses those problems may become clearer sooner rather than later. 
CONTACT
Want to know more? You can contact us by this form.
CONTACT ADDRESS


bern.easterford@thequiethorse.net

Tel :    +44 (0)1538304700
Mob : +44 (0)7976533398


Lowes Farm, Grindon,
Staffordshire
United Kingdom
ST13 7TT


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