She clearly didn’t want me to do it. Doubt the Doubt! The shoulder blade muscles shrink up near the withers and narrow near the point of the shoulder. Follow his lead. His walk is fine, but he is still “off” at the trot – noticeably. My question is: After I had finished with my horse she took two steps forward and stretched her back leg on her own and held it in the air for about 30 seconds. I’ve done these with him before, worked slowly and stayed very much in his comfort zone. He has thus far responded well to the bladder meridian exercise thought he wither area, I’m not getting much on the hind end so far. I have studied the very basics of The Masterson Method and have applied some of the techniques on Mr. Pepper. You might want to review the Bladder Meridian videos we have on our site under Training Videos, and purchase the Beyond Horse Massage DVD too! Therefore any discomfort in the front limb can lead to sensitivity of the ascending pectorals, not only foot problems. Releasing tension that builds up during the process can only help make your horse feel relaxed and comfortable. Also, some horses are more sensitive or reactive to poking around than others. My 4yr AQHA mare has become so aggressive that I cannot do the Bladder Meridian work on her right side. I have been riding 20 years and this has made me closer to these animals than ever. She responds and appreciates the treatment. her lower jar is set off to right, does not line up.left cheek very sunken in, muscle atrophy. By flooding a dysfunctional area with light from specific wave lengths the cells begin to behave more normally or healthfully because it effects the functioning of the Matrix. Is that too often? When mental pressure is put on the horse (activating a sympathetic state), and is then taken off when the horse does what’s wanted, then the horse goes from a sympathetic state back to a parasympathetic state and licks and chews. However, if you have recently started working the half pass with your horse, or stepped up the amount of work you do at the half pass, the pectoral muscles of the chest can be sore due to the increased use of these muscles in the half pass. I have a 20 year old mare that is very reactive in these areas (both sides but especially the right). The solution is lots of pasture turn out where they can keep themselves busy, if that is an option for the horse’s current living conditions. Just hang in there and understand that his issues are real. I wanted to know if this is a sign of trouble or am I gifted to have a horse that releases tension on his own. Plans range from $8.99 to $17.99 a month. 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.  If you find a good spot then gently bring your hands closer to each other (lightly) to shorten the muscle.  This can help relax and soften the muscles and fascia. And even if you are on a time constraint, you can do one side of the Bladder Meridian and not end up doing the rest, and that’s ok too. Usually one day is enough, but if the horse is uncomfortable it means that he needs a little more time. His sacroiliac area seemed to be the biggest triggers to this rear-end pushing. He has some history of abuse in his past, and when I got him he was distrustful of everyone and everything. I’m practicing in preparation for an upcoming weekend course. 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. rocking the nuchal ligament back and forth. BTW, if I close the stall door, he becomes claustrophobic and becomes so nervous that he can think of nothing else but escape. The responses might change, and the places that you get responses might change. Head tossing can have numerous root causes, best explored with the help of a vet. I would suggest Streaming the Beyond Horse Massage DVD so you can watch Jim work, or the Light to the Core video might even be better as you can use Light Touch to relieve tension deep in the core. I don’t have any direct experience of the effectiveness of laser therapy (on me for instance), but I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from people who use it on their horses. Stop and have a hot sake or something. If it is truly a joint issue, then MM would help the compensatory muscle tightness but not likely help the “joint/skeletal issue per se. We search for an area of tension by using no pressure and looking for a subtle response (a blink for example) from the horse. This may have been more info than you hoped for, but the fact is that there is never just one area that becomes restricted when a horse adjusting to any type of shoeing change, workload or rider change etc. If you don’t already have the Beyond Horse Massage DVD and book, then you might want to start there. I have seen a few posts on Facebook about licking and chewing and saying that it is a stress release from a stressful situation. My vet – who is very open to bodywork and knows of the Masterson Method – advised me to do bodywork and massage Yogi’s hind end. If any of these happens, stop. 2. As a general rule, as long as the horse is responding and releasing, then continue to do the treatments. 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 “radar” of his protectiveness.  You can after doing the LCF, go to the hind end and do top hind end work and come back to his shoulders.  Move around and break it up and eventually the other techniques will start to have an effect on the area where he is the most sore or restricted. Keep peeling the onion (so to speak) and remember, what you do on the front end affects the hind end and visa versa. Also, I would suggest you read about “Whisper” in our April Newsletter. Bodywork certainly wouldn’t hurt in either case and you may discover an underlying restriction or tension that may be relieved and they can be calmer. 1/25/17. I have a unbroken four year Warmblood mare and over the last couple of days I’ve noticed that when she eats her jaw is clicking. If he gets real fidgety, that is a response and there is probably pain or restriction in that correlating location. I studied up on it and tried. At the moment I am working on them 2x per week in the mornings, with a day or two between treatments, both horses are responding and she is excited regarding the changes she is seeing in her riding. You might consider starting the Bladder Meridian when he is “cold” rather than after you ride. The Masterson Method is just one more thing for your tool box to aid the horse, you can certainly incorporate it into your own work or it stands alone. Get one month free - Up to 10 images. Is that OK? 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 Equinanda… I wish I had a crystal ball for questions like these…The interesting thing about Standardbreds is that they are completely different than Thoroughbreds. Does that make sense? They said she actually had a personality change and was more agreeable to be around. What you are seeing is that particular horse’s release pattern. One is an x-race horse who has been surrendered for the 2nd time & is very, very underweight. Was there anything I could have done to refocus her? I would suggest having the intention of just doing the Bladder Meridian until you can actually do it with your fingers on her body. You can easily cancel your account online in two clicks.  The more we can perceive subtle cues, the more effective we will be as we seek to hone our timing and skill in the practice of Masterson Method techniques. Almost always involved with this kind of lameness is tension or spasms on muscles that put tension or torque on the sacrum/SI, and in the deeper core and groin muscles. If we experiment with levels of touch, he will tell us which level he prefers and is most effective with him. All went well with horse shifting weight easily. So, remember the Masterson Method maxim….. when in doubt.. Go Slower… Go Softer!! You’ve done well so far and have gotten results. It’s good to work really, really light, but also read in the book about the second part of the equation which is more movement rather than light work. They are still releasing the tension, but just haven’t processed it fully. Try it in his lower back area, the flanks, and under the belly and see what he says. Take a look at the Training Video Clips here on the website as I have posted a clip called the “Bladder Meridian” which addresses some questions that are often asked. The vet Dr Renee Tucker advices not to give any body work therapy if your horse has ulcer, of which according to reports 80% of horses do! The tightness across her back may be a muscle spasm created by the bruising and swelling and initial incident when she ran backwards. He’s now able to walk in a straight line when riding instead of allll over the place. Also toys and stall objects to occupy their time. Feeding Prior to Equine Bodywork - Does it Matter? If no improvement is necessary, if there isn’t any tension or stress, then there would not be a reason to work on it. I have a 4 year old mare and she loves it, but when I work on her lower back and hind end, her belly/intestines make a lot of noise, I stay with the response long but don’t really get a release, or is the noise and the passing gas a release too? The key is that you’re using your awareness of what the horse is telling you to allow-help-condition his nervous system to release pain and tension. Keep up the good work. With his front, I can’t even do that. If it’s a foot problem you have to find a solution to the foot problem. He still doesn’t 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. or would he not be able to walk if he had no nerve endings? And if possible have a partner to hold on to them so they can’t kick or bite. Start 3 or 4 inches away. I’m really curious as to what you’re referring to, as loss of focus, can you clarify what you are seeing? How often should you do treatments for a horse in training and a horse with an injury? It is also a good example of what type of strange little problems pop up after works and shows that if you don’t get it worked out when it’s a small problem, it might become a big problem later on. Or fill the sink with hot water and put the bottle of soap in to get it warm. I am recently certified in equine massage therapy and I’m fascinated at the methods discussed in the book. The trainer who owns them is trying to get ready for either a sale or competition or both. You would want to rule out any health issues as a cause first. Rider is a novice and I was hoping Bodywork might help him be more comfortable in his own skin. Then, stick with it, and pay attention to what the horse is doing. Since discovering MM, and a wonderful trainer experienced in OTTB’S, I’m beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel-and it’s not a train! Something like current saddle fit, or sore feet or joints might be the source of the pain. I always stop there because I don’t know what is going on. Horses that are very strong survivors don’t want to show the releases. She has had sidebone since she was 2. Because with the Masterson Method we seek to work with the horse, to do things “with” him, not “to” him. I have a pony who isn’t eating well. For the horse in training, is once a week enough? Got a lot of good wither, neck and poll release on both sides, but the top of the neck is still tight. Since the feed truck came by I stopped the session after about 45 minutes. Using the Masterson Method is all about working on the whole horse, because even if one area seems to be the issue, it involved the entire horse due to compensation they are using to relieve the pain in one area, so concentrating on all the techniques you’ll find that working in one area will transfer a release onto another area that you weren’t working on and gain a great benefit. Interesting, sometimes they will use licking on a salt block, their bucket or wall as a distraction to avoid dealing with you making them focus on a particular point. When you are working through the bladder meridian on the DVD you look like you are doing air touch, and then only say egg yolk or grape when you get tension. The thing that makes this method work is the involvement of the horse and the part he plays in the process of releasing tension. She did have trouble with the shoulder releases, although she tried. However, it was much harder for her when I actually picked up her hind foot, but not a lot of range on the right side. I usually let the horse eat, if we are interrupted by feeding time. I asked the owner if anything was different in regard to his front feet. You are not trying to DO anything, just put your attention on softening your hand (even though you aren’t touching him) and do the Bladder Meridian. The same thing….if he gives a lot of responses or appears uncomfortable when you put your hand up where the ligament damage showed up. How much is too much? I have found a pretty direct correlation between that point, and the front foot on that same side, especially if other signs show along with it, such as pain or tightness in the poll, neck, and scapula/withers. When he realizes that he can’t get you to take your hand away, then his body will start to let go. I always release everything I can in the front end, then the hind end, then work on the back. About ten years ago I had a bone scan done on this horse and the fetlocks did show some ‘uptake’. How often should I work on my horse? I was wondering why my horse has suddenly changed his release reactions. Sorry you got bit, but that’s some of the hazards of working with horses and some of this could just be attitude. I rarely see him lie down to sleep, although he does roll, so he may be sleep deprived if he is not lying down at night. You are on the horse’s time clock, step back and allow the releases. Also when you pick up the feet, be sure you get under the hoof as soon as you can and not hang onto the fetlock as this tend to make them kick more (they think their legs are trapped). It won’t cure it, but you can help to make him a bit more comfortable. Thanks for your help! Does MM work alongside traditional massage? Some horses require adjustment in what we do, or how we do it, so good job. Horses really naturally eat all the time, they are designed to eat constantly and do everything while they are eating. When the chiro looked at her she was really pleased with the improvements and feels she will always need some soft tissue work to keep her freed up. She throws a fit. It will take more than once because it takes a while for the feet to adjust to less support. 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. For e.g. The next day, the horse looked slightly unsound at the right hind, at the trot. I was going to suggest you attend a 2 day seminar but you beat me to it, another thing you could do is call out a Masterson Method practitioner to do a session on your horse, this will not only give you a one to one over view of the techniques but you would get some great tips about how to improve what you know already.  They would help you with your head up too. As you work with the DVD, I’d like to encourage you to take notes of your findings, take pictures of your horse and record his progress over time. Also, do horses stick their tongue out to the side on which their body is tight versus tight (opposite side) right facial muscles and TMJ region? I lay my head on her lap. Here, it is most beneficial to release tensions in the three key junctions that most affect performance. If we do this long enough, then the horse’s parasympathetic nervous system starts to take over (rest/recovery/healing) and the horse let’s go of the tension and licks and chews. I have your book and DVD. I’ve seen it a lot when working with the Pap-IMI machine. Please could you give me advice on this matter? I try cranial sacral work to the best of my ability. She did have an accident a few years back that may have caused this but I can’t be for sure. It sounds like you are doing the Bladder Meridian correctly. Many websites seem to think it’s the best thing ever, and I’m wondering if it’s just a passing “treatment du jour” or if it’s really therapeutic. If you have a choice, turnout is best. (peronaly I don’t believe this) however it is very difficult to explain to people about this. I can pick up his front foot for a second and he will lean and place weigh on it then get worried if I try to do more. I don’t need to explain to you what an amazing animal the horse is, but I thought this experience with your horse was a good opportunity to explain how this process with the horse works. When you use Masterson you are tapping into their nervous system and if there has been an ongoing issue for this horse there can be a sensory overload when their nervous system cannot take any more and they will let you know and yes the best thing is to leave them and come back later after they’ve been able to process what you’ve already done and are feeling a bit better. One more thing you can do is a Tongue Release. his ears went flat back, he struck out repeatedly with his front leg and snapped at me (actually, a bit scary and VERY out of character). This doesn’t address the actual reason for your post, but at least you might be able to parse out the problem with Cyndi. I know you’ll be able to make him more comfortable taking the right lead. She is for sale, lovely girl but obviously in pain. I think he was telling me something! I have never been able to do a full session on her and have not done any hind end points. While I am not a vet or neurologist or anything like that, I did have a recent experience that was similar and prompted me to get expert opinion from my vet. Watch as much as you want, anytime you want. If you just stay with what you are doing, they will usually release soon after turning away. You can put that all together with any other data, such as movement, flexions, etc. Maybe because she was a ranch horse, she is pretty stoic in demeanor (at least at first). 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. If you are doing the Bladder Meridian – you can do a little bit every day. We do talk about feel, but I think it might be too soon to look for it now. We greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, make sure you aren’t even considering a “stretch” 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). points and be helping his head and neck! It comes on super strong when I do Masterson with her. Is he short strided in the front, especially his left leg? Respect that. Also, is it OK to combine regular sports massage with The Masterson Method? Is this a growing thing or TMJ problem? Could asking for a bigger range of motion in these junctions (such as the scapula and pelvis) have a negative effect on the growth plates and their fusing schedule? Please could you give me advice on this matter thanks. and as you release them, they are gone! Another comment from same Person: I have had similar situations where the horse will guard or only show minor responses while working on them. Instinct tells me to take off… but then he’s sort of a “frantic” horse. If he’s been doing this for some time, it’s going to take time to stop the head bobbing as you are peeling away layers. If you do this long enough, and soft enough, you will by-pass the horse’s ability to hold the tension, and his body will have to respond and release. She is on bute but doesn’t seem to be getting as much comfort from it as I would like. If you have a choice, turnout is best. He had suffered a serious hind end injury a few years ago, and what with his overall history had a lot of tightness etc. Bodywork after your farrier visits is equally good. This had gotten good releases. Horses are sometimes uncomfortable with the process itself because their instincts tell them to just cover it up and get on with it because that’s how they survive. Gently, place your thumb on the roof of the mouth, or your finger under the tongue on the bar of the mouth. If he doesn’t like it, then back off a little or go to another area, then try coming back to where he didn’t like it the second day. Over the past 6 months it has gotten worse and she was doing both hind legs. We have only done trail riding. It is handy to have in your toolbox, however, more subtle techniques, and peripheral techniques that you could use that might help. No matter how soft or slow I go with one gelding he will not ‘let go’ and relax when working on his head. How does the mare bend to the left, does she seems stiff and can’t round herself?  When you pick up her leg and bring it back or forward is she reluctant to do so, does she seem restricted in the left shoulder and neck?  How familiar are you with the Masterson Method so I can make some suggestions as to what to do for her. The horse was later diagnosed with numerous allergies and photo sensitivity and did much better after receiving respective supplements and medication as well as a mask when going outside. Would there be another meaning for this point? WOW. After my departure from the Church, most of the groups one sees in the photos closed. You say you “follow the blink”, but what does that mean? And, your story about Pepper! 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