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Benefits of Equine Bodywork

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Equine massage and bodywork has a deeply beneficial effect on the wellness and performance of your horse. Learn more about what Stefanie does.

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Benefits of Equine Bodywork

  1. 1. Equine Massage and Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork ™ (Masterson Method) How to improve your horse’s performance by releasing tension
  2. 2. Every Horse is an Athlete <ul><li>60% of the horse’s body weight is muscle </li></ul><ul><li>The horse uses almost every muscle with every step </li></ul><ul><li>Some major key junctions in the horse’s skeleton are only supported by soft tissue, not joints! </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™
  3. 3. Relaxation Enables Performance <ul><li>Muscle performance = relaxation and contraction </li></ul><ul><li>Tense, tight, sore muscles and soft tissues lack flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Tense muscles cannot relax sufficiently </li></ul><ul><li>Only relaxed muscles can function optimally through relaxation and contraction! </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™
  4. 4. The three key junctions of the horse <ul><li>The poll </li></ul><ul><li>The junction of neck and shoulder </li></ul><ul><li>The sacroiliac area </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™
  5. 5. … that most affect performance <ul><li>Releasing tension in these junctions (poll, neck/shoulder, sacroiliac) can have an immediate and positive effect on performance </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™
  6. 6. Which horses can benefit? <ul><li>Performance horses </li></ul><ul><li>Hunter/jumper </li></ul><ul><li>Dressage horses </li></ul><ul><li>Endurance horses </li></ul><ul><li>Trail horses </li></ul><ul><li>Driving horses </li></ul><ul><li>All horses with a job! </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™
  7. 7. Most common signs of tension <ul><li>Decline in performance </li></ul><ul><li>Limited range of motion </li></ul><ul><li>Stiffness to one side </li></ul><ul><li>Not picking up a lead </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of impulsion </li></ul><ul><li>Not rounding, not stepping under </li></ul><ul><li>And more </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™
  8. 8. Bad behavior can mean muscle pain <ul><li>Rearing </li></ul><ul><li>Bucking, crow hopping </li></ul><ul><li>Refusal to change gaits </li></ul><ul><li>Throwing up head during gait changes </li></ul><ul><li>Refusal to ride through corners </li></ul><ul><li>Clasping bit with teeth </li></ul><ul><li>Grinding teeth </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™
  9. 9. Why does tension hurt? <ul><li>Tension in muscles and soft tissues can be painful </li></ul><ul><li>Muscle spasms are always painful and restrict motion, causing secondary pain </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™
  10. 10. Equine Massage and Bodywork <ul><li>Is a gentle, non- invasive method to relieve tension </li></ul><ul><li>Can lead to improved performance in the healthy horse </li></ul><ul><li>Should be practiced by a certified, insured practitioner </li></ul><ul><li>Should be part of an overall wellness program </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™ Note : Equine massage and bodywork is a wellness modality for healthy horses and does not replace veterinary care.
  11. 11. About Stefanie Reinhold <ul><li>Stefanie is a c ertified equine massage practitioner and is </li></ul><ul><li>certified in Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork™ (Masterson Method). </li></ul><ul><li>With a background in training (FN trainer apprenticeship, Germany) she understands the demands and challenges that performance horses face. </li></ul><ul><li>Stefanie lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin and is available for equine bodywork at barns and events and for Horse Wellness Seminars. </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™ With members of the Madison Mounted at the Horse Wellness Seminar <<With participants of equine massage case studies <<Teaching the Masterson Method with Jim Masterson in Fairfield, IA With Jim Masterson at the Equine Affaire in Ohio, 09>>
  12. 12. Reinhold’s Horse Wellness <ul><li>We thank you for stopping by and look forward to seeing you again in the future! </li></ul>Well Horses Perform Well! ™

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