I’ve con’t to alternate back & forth and each session is usually an hour and a half. It sounds like his nervous system is readjusting. I potential Client has asked if massage is contra-indicated for the following situation: A vet dx’d tying up in a horse and the vet has done the following: They have put him on a Vitamin E, selenium, some acepromazine (a muscle relaxant), anti-inflammatory, and electrolytes. Once she came back down to the ground she seemed to just disappear inside herself a bit. People ask this question often and the answer that I have learned from Jim is this…” a release is a release is a release”. As soon as I try to move him onto my shoulder, he braces and won’t have anything to do with it. There are certain areas in the HQs that are also untouchable (stifle and flank areas on both sides). Short answer: If you can get the horse trusting enough to begin releasing tension without even touching him as with the bladder meridian, then you can get his nervous system to begin releasing tension without touching him, without the bladder meridian! It will give you specific tools and a way to work your way through the book that will help – even if you have taken a seminar. I am hoping I can figure out how to release his tension. Let us know how this goes and if you want you can check our website and locate a practitioner close to you. You can put that all together with any other data, such as movement, flexions, etc. I would first start with TMJ, if you are familiar with MM, this would be just putting your fingers at the TMJ hinge and watching for blinks and wait for releases, then you could work with Tongue Release and Lateral Cervical Flexion, Head Up and Down. Since taking your weekend course last October I’ve been working with my two mares. The Masterson Method isn’t going to cure side bone or hocks, but it will; As far as the pregnancy, it’s near the middle of the term; the safest time. There is what the Germans call the Connective Tissue Matrix (or Matrix for short) and sometimes referred to as the “Ground Substance,” which is a complex of compounds and cells formed by the connective tissue or Mesenchyme. I have heard different schools of thought on whether a horse should have: Some feed at dinner or breakfast or none, or a full meal prior to body work.  My thought process is that the animal’s blood flow would be directed toward digestion rather than new blood flow heading toward the areas that healing/work is occurring… Does it matter? Your response in your book to this question is a few times a week initially, then once a week following, to once a month as needed. He also wind-sucks since he was sold. As for general riding that would mean enjoying hacking or lessons on a regular basis…two things come to mind: The Bladder Meridian is always our “go to” technique and as long as you are “following your horse” with no expectation or trying to “fix” anything, that you can do that until you feel the horse isn’t give you responses or intuitively feel that “it’s enough” When you are tuned in to your horse, you will clearly get that feeling. I’ve also just gotten as far as working my way down his back massaging and I hear gurgling while I’m doing that too. Throw away the clock! Some of the muscles that may be involved are supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and triceps. I have to start by saying that I discovered the Masterson Method several months ago. I work a 20 year old thoroughbred who nods his need a lot for the first 15 to 20 minutes of trot. Instead we are only asking for the Scapula to drop. Bringing her front leg forward was easier for her, and there was a bigger range of motion, but once again, she could not comfortably hold it. This may be the case if he had a lot of tension in the body and you worked on him for a long time. 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. When he jerks up, I am not tall enough to ‘stay’ with him, and he can dislodge me from any stool I might stand on. Can Masterson Method help with stifle issues? Another thing we emphasize while doing the work is that not to doubt (if it’s not clear to you already) what is going on. The job of the ascending pectorals is to abduct the limb and stabilize the shoulder joint, meaning to balance the limb. rocking the nuchal ligament back and forth. Even, if you do not think so. I consider this a good thing as it is often accompanied by progress in the work in the days and weeks ahead, which is extremely hard to produce at all in a Thoroughbred in active race training. I also noticed that the little bones up between her ears were different heights so I held light pressure their & she didn’t like it. I know my next step is to get to a 2 day clinic for the invaluable 1:1 I know it will provide! 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. He licks/chews/yawns/falls over (sleeps : ), and when we ask for movement again there is less or no resistance (tension). That way, you can work through this without any worries. She was very touchy about her poll area. Keep up the good work, and let me know if you have more questions. The first step to easing this pain is to release the tension in the neck/shoulder/withers junction by releasing the shoulder blade or scapula as shown in the DVD. Make sure you are following the horse with all that you are doing and as Jim says, “when in doubt, lighten up.” Actually, make sure you are light in your body and your hands always. I was working on a rescue horse that has had a long working life. And truthfully-horses are connected via fascial connections from tongue to tail. In this respect, this differs from stretching, which should be practiced when muscles are warm. If the horse moves, keep your hand softly on the horse and move with it. when I do the under tail points she moves away from me. The horse couldn’t stop yawning the entire time! First question, can you do any kind of work on her right side? Whole Equine Bodywork on a 20-year-old Ranch Horse. I’m not sure if that can be a response, but I stay in that area until the gurgling quiets down a bit and then move on. Sometimes surgery is performed. Just keep being open to this and allowing him to feel the intension (which he can’t block or brace) of your hand. But the misunderstanding is that stress isn’t the bodywork, as anyone who is watching our type of bodywork can tell from the horse. I would suggest working on all 3 Key junctions – even the hind end, as this can be affected if a horse is trying to get weight off his front feet for some reason. He normally works out of it, sometimes he doesn’t. I would start with the Bladder Meridian Technique. Learn how to play your favorite songs with Ultimate Guitar huge database. I have been practicing on 12 horses, welsh cobs, thoroughbreds, and Arab crosses. I repeated leg down and back, yoga and leg down and forward, as well as cervical flexion. Yes the TMJ would be good as well as Poll/Atlas and Lateral Cervical Flexion. Or is it all normal and healthy and he has just learnt how to reap the benefits of DIY Masterson Method? Over these past 4yrs, I’ve utilized various trainers to help me with him and it usually ends up with the suggestion that I sell him and move on because of poor behaviors. If you are doing a lot, then you should make the session a little shorter. The behavior your horse is showing falls right into what I refer to as mystery hind end lameness. Hope this helps, and again, I’m glad it’s working. If you find you are getting huge releases and a change in the way they are going then give them at least a week in between so their body can adjust. Very good! And a horse that is easy to read, and releases tension quickly, which is terrific! Sometimes if there is a lot of tension the horse may get a bit fussy, just lighten your touch more and stay.  When they’ve had enough, they will let you know, but doing this in the meantime before your dental visit will help.  There are other helpful tips and demo’s on how to do this on YouTube if you google MastersonMethod. Or what would you suggest? I think I will work around the sacrum and hips, and try the neck and hocks again later? Do you think my horse is releasing with I'm not around? Just look at the old photos and you’ll see the difference a few decades can make. We had a horse that was a bit ear shy and worked on desensitizing him by “accidently” brushing our hands across his ears, however that may not always work for everyone. Completed the session. I have had her looked at by a well known equine vet and their answer was – Don’t massage her! 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. Especially for a horse that has spent a lot of their time in a stall and it becomes a vice for boredom. My horse has recently started to drop his front left shoulder on canter. I think you’ll be amazed to see what palpable progress can be made. So don’t give up hope, use all the tricks in your tool bag and good luck. As someone new to the Masterson Method, working in a barn with thoroughbreds at a racetrack, I find the mares to be most difficult. “Such cases are candidates for surgical release. Start 3 or 4 inches away. My mind is cooking to figure out how I’m going to schedule the rest of the certification in. His instincts have told him to cover up and even block it out pain, but once we bring his attention back to it in a way that doesn’t excite the survival/bracing response, then it probably feels pretty good to him to let it go. 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. I literally held my hand 4 – 6 inches away from her poll and I still got releases. 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. SBs are trotting and pacing much faster than they did a few decades ago. I would let the medicine take affect first. She was quasi-under the radar from withers back, until I attempted to approach her poll on the right side. I was working on a horse this winter that refused to yawn. I do think it helped with circulation, which I believe is the most efficient healer in the horse, and that it kept the episode from becoming more serious. Your horse will change fidget patterns, change release patterns, change what they like and don’t like…..it’s all a part of the process. If the nerve has been severed, recovery is unlikely.” Sweeney Shoulder Much of your success will be based on whether the radial nerve has been too badly damaged. After taking the University of Stanford weekend class, I have continued to learn and have fun with horse bodywork! The responses might change, and the places that you get responses might change. Not having seen her myself, it’s 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. Like many things in life, do it when you have the opportunity vs. not at all! -Alarm only wakes you up and not your partner. This results in soreness in these muscles that have to do the job. When you are doing any of The Masterson Method techniques, whatever the horse does is in direct correlation to what you are doing. Looks all good to me!! 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. Naturally I want to explore any and all options to be sure if letting her go now or in 2 weeks or??? Those are the easy ones! It doesn’t mean you’re not getting stuff out; it’s just that they are not rewarding you, with the more visible signs of release. The second is what, if any, techniques should I try for his stomach. Recently, heâ s been finding his quarry moody and feeding erratically. Keep working, peeling away the layers. I would recommend, though, keeping full sessions a few days prior to the footwork so the horse can process. I would suggest not to try and “feel” the release at this point. You are finding her “stuff” that she has been compensating for – so as to not show pain. If your farrier is like mine, he appreciates a horse that is easy to get around. How much is too much? In spite of all our situations, all of us at sometime will have problems. Release of tension in these areas is often accompanied by an improvement in movement and comfort. What we teach in the seminars regarding these behaviors (release responses-blinking, twitching, licking, yawning, etc.) May your time spent healing horses be a blessing to you as well as the horse. Fortunately with our way of working with the horse we don’t use force or pressure, so there’s very little chance of hurting the horse. is vital to the success of the Masterson Method practitioner. Also, some horses are more sensitive or reactive to poking around than others. Then focus on Scapula (Under Scapula, C7/T1 Release and LCF). I did stand behind him at one point and pushed gently on his ischium area, which he seemed to like, he pushed back pretty heavily. She is for sale, lovely girl but obviously in pain. If the issue is not Sweeney, would it be possible that he has no nerve endings? Enjoy local and national live sports, breaking news, and must-see shows the moment they air. In that way we “follow the blink”, letting the horse show us where we need to focus our work. Today I have been working on that area and she became much softer and was asking for some fairly strong massage in that area. Search for a blink and stay there. I do the TMJ before and after every ride and my horse responds similarly and then closes her eyes and lowers her head. I worked on a friend’s horse several days ago. I would concentrate on the 3 Key junctions, as you release from the top, the lower legs will benefit and eventually he will feel comfortable to balance and pick up his feet. He is such a beautiful boy and tries so hard. While coming back to the barn from the opposite side, I happened to spot her in her shelter…head down, little shake, and then a huge yawn in which she rotated her head and neck in a huge circle. YouTube TV is a subscription streaming service that lets you watch live TV from major broadcast and popular cable networks. 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. Your horse is telling you that the UTP’s are too much for her right now. I have hardly started drawing his neck round towards me and he just blinks, licks, chews. If he blinks on the same spot, there is a correlation between what you’re doing and what the horse is doing – it’s a response. 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! Often, it is when a horse like this stops moving, that it is a sign that he is about to release some tension in the area you are on. The more experience with horses we have, the more effort we have put into understanding them and their way rather than thinking about how they fit into our plan, the faster we will learn to accurately read the language of the horses responses to our touch. Just a slight tweak: We only ask for “improvement” not a big range of motion. I am so happy; it is the best horse money I have spent. Is my horse guarded or showing no response? She throws a fit. I am confident that I have not changed anything that I am doing, and usually don’t even go beyond egg yoke, usually staying with air gap pressure. It was so cute because she was pretty aloof at first. Answers: Some of his restriction with going forward with his leg could be due to scar tissue that is binding as you don’t know the extent of the injury, how deep it went? Usually when this happens, the horse needs a couple days off. Question: When we find, it we keep the horse’s attention on it in a way that it can’t brace against it (if you use no pressure, the horse has nothing to brace against). I can’t wait to learn more. Same with the hind end. If he doesn’t feel right, give him another day off. It is very enjoyable. I want to help them; I just have to learn how. Of course, there can be many reasons why any body part is sore. So glad that you are finding out about the Masterson Method and started using it and seeing great results. Follow the horse’s lead. I returned from several weeks absence, and now he does that only minimally, and instead fidgets and constantly tries to walk out of his stall, but without a subsequently release, as he is “supposed” to do. So this is not a bad thing, as you’ve opened up some pathways that have been closed off for awhile and now things are circulating again. If we experiment with levels of touch, he will tell us which level he prefers and is most effective with him. (Don’t want to start something you can’t stop!) Masterson Method founder Jim Masteron, along with current Masterson Method Certified Practitioners answer your questions about techniques, issues during bodywork sessions, and much more. When in doubt, ask Pepper! As I am doing the Bladder Meridian, typically, I use air gap or egg yolk pressure with my fingers. Yesterday I worked on a 20 yr. old Quarter horse mare that has done a lot of ranch work. You can work on them once or twice a week and will notice that they’re mostly improved from the work the next day. If your vet can’t find anything in the back, SI, feet and/or lower legs, then it’s possible the problem might be in deeper core and deeper groin muscles of the body, along with tension or torque on the sacroiliac joints. I took a break and came back and the whole process repeated itself: the looking back, the looking forward, the chewing, and the jolt under the hock. If there is no visual trauma it is often hard to diagnose Sweeney shoulder until there is visible atrophy. Lastly, it is like peeling an onion, you will take layers off one at a time. I’m glad you’re getting changes in the horse and your relationship with the horse with the video. Good luck and perhaps you’ll want to go further and take a seminar or Phase I class. A no-show, a cancellation, a disinvite, the pettiest excuse to put one off is a … First of all congratulations for what you have done with your horse already, It sounds like you have made a huge difference to him by using the technique in the book and DVD.  The routine you are working with sounds good to me, doing little and often is a great way of helping your horse relax and is a great way of improving your relationship with your horse. Hope this helps. When I got to the spot and he did that, I would stop and just do a nice soft pet only once over the area and the whole body and be done, or maybe would switch and do the other side or something else and then be done. Again, see front feet, pectorals, neck, and poll connection. She comes at me, ears back, rearing shaking her head. Jim has often said that before a competition, you just want to “take the edge off” and loosen up the junctions that most affect performance. Stefanie’s experience above is a good example of how identifying this point usually works out. (Again, I went back to my anatomy book, and calculating the design of the rib and its connection to the spinal processes, even the light pressure along the side can cause significant movement in the spine/processes.) Then, what comes to mind is that he has fallen or gone back over on his withers at some point in the past. And sometimes helps with leg releases, Down and Back. You want to put that information together with other signs that there might be front foot pain, such as atlas/poll pain on that same side, and possibly tightness or soreness on the hind diagonal, to get a more accurate possibility (how’s that for a concept! An improvement is usually very incremental…not a big change. Apparently he has always done this. Thanks for contacting us and if you are familiar with The Masterson Method (MM) at all you know that this can provide relief for a horse ins so many ways. To release tension in the horse’s body, we have to work on the inside of the horse. Unfortunately that is not an option as she needs it. Remember, what you do to the front end affects the hind end and visa versa. blinking, licking and chewing or other reactions. There is a chain If your horse had her shoes pulled or had to stand for a while in a way that was not normal for her, bodywork certainly will benefit her by releasing those places where she is holding tension or sore.You can learn foundational Masterson Method techniques like the ones taught at the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Workshop to help your horse anytime… before or after the farrier & in between. !CoralieBeyond Horse Massage Book and DVD: https://mastersonmethod.com/shop/product/beyond-horse-massage-combo-book-and-dvd/, Posted by The Masterson Method, Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork on Thursday, October 4, 2018. When you do this remember to go slowly, search for blinks, stay on the blink until it’s gone and usually the horse will release with a lick and chew, then continue on, if you aren’t sure of a response, go back over it and check, if no response you move on. She is not pinning her ears but doesn’t seem to be happy about it. So I went to the withers to check it again and did the “withers check” all the way down his spine and down his tail. He has difficulty bending to the right. 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. Do you have any suggestions for my poor, depressed mare. Is there anything you would suggest that may help with his cribbing? Keep up the good work. And if possible have a partner to hold on to them so they can’t kick or bite. Take your time. There is however another major problem. I call this the “Sweat Barrier.” Some horses break a sweat easily, some only after getting really agitated or as Jim calls it “fidgety.” When we use the Thermotex Infra-red diode blanket we go until we get sweating, even in the winter. There is a lot of residual tension you can peel off before the medicine is complete. As to your question whether to do Chiropractic or Equine Bodywork first: with as much going on and wanting to help him to get sound and least amount of soreness, and if you feel there is nothing majorly “out” of place the bodywork will probably be more beneficial as this is less invasive as chiropractic work. You need to substitute time for pressure. ), and will spook, drop a shoulder and spin – sometimes dumping his rider. Hi, I have been doing some of these techniques on my daughters’ pony. I ride at a school once a week and lucky for me the owner has allowed me to practice Masterson Method on her horses. As for the cribbing, that is very hard habit to break once they start. I was working with a horse yesterday that had a lot of large releases just by working the bladder meridian. My question is, I have a very talented 4 year old QH mare who we want to show western pleasure and trail.  The problem is she is such a nervous nelly that she can’t relax her brain enough to translate to her feet.  Will this kind of work help her relax?  Where should I concentrate? However, the Masterson Method is mainly designed to improve performance in the healthy horse. Do I ignore this and carry on or start with something else? If the trainer were doing our bodywork instead, then the horse would be releasing physical stress. Or should I try something different? Of course, you’ll want to remove hay from the stall while you are working and may want to let the horse finish his grain if you show up at a barn during feeding time. 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