Does your horse need Equine bodywork?

 

In the spirit of the delta horse and PACE, I am focusing on the power of softness to work with horses to assist them in developing, gaining, and maintaining balance and wholeness.

 

After thorough research of my options, I concluded that the Masterson Method aligns wholeheartedly with the delta philosophy.  So, what is the Masterson Method? 

 

Perhaps the best place to start is with what it’s not.  As the title of Jim Masterson’s book suggests, it’s not equine massage, it’s  “Beyond Massage”.  This is not to imply that equine massage is wrong or bad for the horse.  Instead of doing something “to” the horse, Masterson’s Method is working with the horse.  The key to Delta Equine Bodywork is that it begins and ends with the horse.  It follows the lead of the horse to provide the horse opportunities to release.  To release restrictions, sensitives, stress, anxiety, etc.  The work with the horse is a dance.  I am the tool that invites the horse to focus on the major junctions in the body and muscle groups in order to bring forth a reaction and a release.  The release may be demonstrated by yawning, snorting, sneezing, even rolling back a second eyelid.

 

The end result is that you have a happier horse.  Happy because the restriction, the stress, the anxiety is lessened or gone.


The power of softness is that rather than the horse bracing against a person, which hinders any muscle release, the horse does the work within its own body as I softly ask for a response.  Delta Equine Bodywork sets the PACE as I Patiently in an Accepting manner, with Consistency and Empathy work with the horse.

How it works

 

After a full body assessment, a plan is created on how best to proceed. By staying under the horse’s threshold of bracing and resistance, one is able to find restrictions and ask for movement that allows the horse to release the tension.  With many horses, these release responses may be accompanied by yawning, snorting, sneezing, even rolling back the second eyelid. 


Why Use Equine Assisted Programming?

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs incorporate horses in an experiential setting for personal growth and learning. EAL uses a team of trained horse professionals to work with participants and with horses to achieve specific goals. The focus of EAL is on learning specific skills or attaining educational goals as defined by the individual or group, such as improved product sales for a company, leadership skills for a school group, team effectiveness and communication etc. EAL brings a new dimension by using horses, which bring their own unique energy to the session. The potential applications for EAL are limitless! No previous experience with horses is needed to participate in any activity. Even if you’ve had bad experiences with horses, do not hesitate to enroll in any of our programs. Often, the participants with little or no experience have the greatest insight. Those daring enough to dance with horses on the ground are forever transformed.

 

 

The Power of Horses 

Like humans, horses are social animals that have defined roles within their herd. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods.  An approach that works with one horse won't necessarily work with another. Horses are large and powerful, naturally intimidating to many people. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.  At times, horses seem stubborn and defiant. They also like to have fun. With all these qualities and traits, horses provide endless opportunities for metaphorical learning, an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups. Horses require us to work, whether in caring for them or working with them. In an era when immediate gratification and the “easy way” are the norm, horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, a valuable lesson in all aspects of life. Most importantly, horses are finely tuned observers of even the subtlest behaviors. Instinctively, as prey animals, their survival depends on their ability to sense any underlying emotional current in their environment. Thus, they are experts at mirroring back what humans project through emotions and behaviors. Many complain, “This horse is stubborn. That horse doesn’t like me,” etc. The lesson is that if they change themselves, the horses respond differently.  Much of the programming focuses on non-verbal communication and learning to be completely present in the situation. Participants learn creative thinking and problem-solving while developing assertiveness, leadership, teamwork, and relationship skills. The immediate feedback nature of working with horses builds confidence while participants rapidly progress through their goals.

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 “Horses are incredibly forgiving. They fill in places we’re not capable of filling ourselves.” 

                                                                                                                                                                                           

~ Buck Brannaman