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. In my experience, with this method of bodywork it’s much easier for the horse to release tension when the muscles are not in an active state. She even dropped her hip by using pressing on the point. Sorry to hear about your mare.  First, a couple of questions.  Did the Vet do any x-rays of the lower leg or foot?  Is there any heat or swelling in the areas you say you rubbed on?  No possibility of abscess in the foot,  no recent injuries that you are aware of, and a recent onset injury?  How old is your mare and what is her main job?  Sorry to ask all these, but need a clearer picture. Just a slight tweak: We only ask for “improvement” not a big range of motion. Here is my challenge. When gut sounds become overly active, it may also not be a good sign. -Fits my ears perfectly (medium size tips, Size 2). (ie, pinning his ears, or grinding his teeth trying to pick up the (R) lead canter, not wanting to move out in general at times, etc.) Circulation will come to the area and it will start to relax. Hind end was about the same, I held the lead rope and if she attempted to swing her back end at me, I could pull her head toward me and keep away from the back feet. He may be doing the best job possible given the horse’s conformation, sensitivity, and job or level of work. Relax YOUR whole body. Now it has come to the point where I only have to put my hand on his nose and he starts yawning and licking and chewing. So I have two questions. 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. Well, that’s my two cents, for what it’s worth. If no improvement is necessary, if there isn’t any tension or stress, then there would not be a reason to work on it. horse, between his legs across his midsection and attaches He has always had some soundness issues, shoulder being one, but the major ones have been dealt with. Amazing stuff…and so much fun to do when the dog is relaxed and just hanging out with you. He will have more circulation in the area from the work you did. I have returned to putting a halter on him, and running the lead rope through the rails, which didn’t use to be necessary. In spite of all our situations, all of us at sometime will have problems. where the Trapezius and Splenius muscles meet. I wouldn’t worry too much, unless the lameness returns and then you may want her on some rest. When a horse is working hard, and/or has a lot of restriction from past issues, then it helps to get a few sessions in, although I would probably not do more than three sessions a week for too long. Well, he did but we weren’t listening. Vet has assessed, after a physical exam only (no X-ray), that she has only suffered bruising and swelling. Is that enough? 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. It might also help to work on the horse (just kidding). He has something going on around his girth area. I hope this helps. He doesn’t seem to be able to fully extend this shoulder. Good luck and perhaps you’ll want to go further and take a seminar or Phase I class. Do I always have to perform the entire sequence? I have just started using your method on my 7 year old reining horse. You might be trying to lower the foot too fast. I’ve been asked to come help a mare who is 5.5 months pregnant. Is that correct? We search for an area of tension by using no pressure and looking for a subtle response (a blink for example) from the horse. But you may have to resort to a Veterinarian for a complete diagnosis of Sweeny Shoulder and other options. And I hope for a speedy recovery! I get another response back from Amazon, only this is from another new person. 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. It’s the law. Not being able to see the horse, two things come to mind from your description: #1 when the horse is girthy, often it is a sign of sore front feet. I am so blessed to be here, and so are you. Her back fetlocks are currently very rounded in front (calcification? Don’t go straight for the problem or get too attached to one spot if it gets too difficult. Also remember, what you do to the front end affects the hind end and visa versa. The first injection greatly improved his performance.The second did not. What you are describing so often the horse is labeled bad and it’s a training issue, when actually it’s a physical issue and he is reacting to the pain with his “flight/fight” response. The trainer who owns them is trying to get ready for either a sale or competition or both. If he gets real fidgety, that is a response and there is probably pain or restriction in that correlating location. If you can’t pick up his front feet you can “scooch” his legs forward or back by urging him to shift his weight and then move them without lifting and see if he can relax and get some release in that manner. I hope you can make a seminar or course someday soon. You won’t hurt him doing the bodywork, you will only help him, but it takes time as you are “peeling the layers like an onion” – a little at a time. I’m happy the Bladder Meridian is working. 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. Stop and have a hot sake or something. I would let the medicine take affect first. I’m very happy with the DVD. A classic saying in animal training is that “touch interferes with learning.” That’s why when you try to teach a horse or dog something by pushing on the animal, they do what you want, but don’t really learn how to do it. You can a little every day, as long as your pony doesn’t get so relaxed that he starts to fall over. If it’s a new horse that you don’t know, especially someone else, it is better to do it a few days ahead of time the first time. Let me know how it goes. It works directly with the nervous system and also puts you and the horse on the same page. What causes this and which Masterson moves are most beneficial? But the misunderstanding is that stress isn’t the bodywork, as anyone who is watching our type of bodywork can tell from the horse. The aggression is just her way of saying ENOUGH for now; she is probably overloaded and needs some more time to process. You will now be taking those wonderful TMJ releases that you are getting and helping your horse to release just that much more. This nerve supplies the muscles. Hold the halter with the other hand, and just stay with him as he works his tongue in and out for about 30 seconds. No kissing spine. Does that make sense? When she came to me she was being ridden but was very very shut down. The way we can tell that it’s physical tension that has been released is the more relaxed muscle and improved range of motion in the area we are working, and the more relaxed physical state (drugged look) of the horse after the bodywork. Whisper, as it turns out, is a horse that had an accident a long time ago and recently, when Jim worked on her at a clinic, she was able to release some of that inner tension that wasn’t apparent after the incident. But, remember to be very, very light. I went back to rocking the back; again he became too fidgety. On the left side, gently put your hand, or fingertips, on the hip point and just rest it there for a while, without pushing. 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. Doubt the Doubt! Since you’ve eliminated medical issues with the Vet and had dental work done, there probably is a few things that can be done using Masterson Method. Even after I have let him stretch his leg down and forward, when I do it again, he immediately wants it stretched out again. Let us know how this goes and if you want you can check our website and locate a practitioner close to you. 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. He will tell us through his blinks, by flinching away from our touch, or through his resistance to a technique when we have stumbled onto the point of restriction in the mobility of a joint. There is some “deep science” involved with this reaction, which was (of course) analyzed by the Germans. 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? My thoughts! And, another micro-wiggle with your nose hand. Can this treatment help or do you have any ideas. So my question is have you had experience in massaging mares and causing them to get excited like a stallion – this is the only way I can think to describe the behavior. Or should I try something different? I ordered the full library of DVD’s & books only last night (I’m in Australia). We got a horse that will not allow his ears to be touched and always jerk his head up when the hand approaches his poll. Usually when this happens, the horse needs a couple days off. Now I want to figure out his shoulder! I’m glad you’re looking at ways to help her as she still sounds lively. Tension in the poll and TMJ, when released, can often illicit that behavior. I wonder though is it possible that the source may not be the FEET per se (I’ve worked hard to get her as sound as possible) but perhaps some lower leg joint? 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. I worked on softening the other muscles. Most mares I take care of are so sensitive. (it is more important to listen to your horse than to be exactly on a certain point).You will be more effective with your work by always listening, going lighter and saying through your body language “well, if not this , how about we try this?”. Instead we are only asking for the Scapula to drop. She is not pinning her ears but doesn’t seem to be happy about it. Hi, I have a client with a Clydesdale stallion recently gelded, and they’d like bodywork to follow up in about a month. We have only done trail riding. I didn’t know horses were so sensitive to your touch…I would like to know a few things. He yawned and yawned and yawned. He also wind-sucks since he was sold. When the horse stops giving you responses, then his nervous system needs a break or there is nothing more there to release. Long enough that the owner had come over to see what I was watching and was able to see the hidden responses for her. Remember, the whole horse is connected, so what you release on the front end will affect the rear and visa versa. It helps to keep the body loose and gets circulation moving to those restricted areas and since you are doing it yourself, this will save you $$. You may want to use Bladder Meridian on him especially at the shoulders and stay at air gap touch and yes you can use whatever tools you have to incorporate in the bodywork. Masterson Method bodywork techniques bring the horse’s awareness to areas where it is holding (blocking out) accumulated physical stress or tension in the body, in a way that it can’t block or brace against it (no pressure to block against). I will start by saying that I’m a beginner with this equine bodywork method. Does MM work alongside traditional massage? On the lateral rocking, you want to stay under his bracing response, so look for the gentlest of rocking. Usually one day is enough, but if the horse is uncomfortable it means that he needs a little more time. If you believe it can be reversed what other exercises can I do to build up those muscles to keep the foot going straight. So trying to do the poll work is difficult. The next day, the horse looked slightly unsound at the right hind, at the trot. It is very powerful. but I will take your advise and keep moving even if that spot is not “fixed”. He has responded to the MM exactly as described in your book & DVD. 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. When I massaged up by her sacroiliac joint on the tuber sacrales of the croup, I got very noticeable quivering in the quadriceps muscle. 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