Thank you for whatever guidance you can offer. People ask this question often and the answer that I have learned from Jim is this…” a release is a release is a release”. And, another micro-wiggle with your nose hand. With TBs I stopped working on them (even lightly) on the day of their race because they always ran terribly when I did. My favorite race prep program is to work on the horse right after their 3 racing speed exercise works before their race. Could I have misread it for something else? Sometimes if you step back and just wait you will start to see release ‘perk up’, little head bobs, runny nose, eye blinks/squeezes, and changes in breathing. When in doubt, ask Pepper! The second is what, if any, techniques should I try for his stomach. The big thing with the MM is that you want to take things slow and you not have an agenda. I have been working on any horse I can get my hands on and teaching the owners about your methods. When I started to work on her, I was surprised that she has so much lateral flexibility in her neck. My 24 yo National Show Horse (with cushings) started quidding about 5-6 months ago. He probably just feels good to stretch, if after he does this once, can you get him to raise his leg and then bring it down closer to him? And a horse that is easy to read, and releases tension quickly, which is terrific! Now I stay there longer because he still jolts, but it might take a couple of minutes now versus a couple seconds it used to. 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. I realize this would be marvelous for canines too – is there anywhere I can find out more? Sorry for being long-winded here. Teeth and saddle checked. So first I’d be sure that is not they are doing, were you able to continue with the Bladder Meridian after they stopped? Jim said to go back to Bladder Meridian to start with. 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. I always release everything I can in the front end, then the hind end, then work on the back. Remember, the whole horse is connected, so what you release on the front end will affect the rear and visa versa. Equine Bodywork on a Horse with a Tight Neck, Sometimes I can't tell if the horse is blinking at something else or at me, The Masterson Method, Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork, Equine Anatomy and Health Considerations Online Course, Basic Biomechanics – Understanding Horse Movement, Recognizing Issues that Affect Performance Horses. I have a quarter horse and he is a very hefty boy. Keep up the good work! That is why it is so difficult to evaluate lameness in many horses. Regarding the shoulders back, if you keep her weight shifted to the opposite leg, with your body or by placing one hand on her arm above her elbow to steady her, then bring her leg just SLIGHTLY out and back – not very far, just enough to let her rest her toe on the ground comfortably, it may be easier for her to relax the muscles and release the shoulder. I don’t want to overload him and am wondering if there is a recommended treatment is) once a week, every other week. 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. The only thing I had on Amazon was my paperbacks, and I wasn’t convinced they’d try to pull my Createspace account, either. Sometimes it’s associated with a specific incident and sometimes not. The shoulder will look like it is slipping. However, we are looking at gut sounds in the context of bodywork and you will want to interpret anything the horse shows you in correlation to other signals, such as facial expression, position of ears, tension/relaxation of lips and muzzle, etc. The second question is that despite trying to do lateral flexion into head up, I can only get him to relax into my arm. Remember: Search, Response, Stay (stay, stay, stay) Release. The question is, How uncomfortable is it for your horse? Depending on what caused the back  pain, after the first session it may not totally go away, but would be noticeably lessened.  As with any type of pain, the root of what is causing it would need to be taken into consideration.  Eliminating saddle fit, is it rider balance, is the horse carrying himself correctly, is he fit would all be some underlying reasons for sore backs.  So essentially if you don’t or can’t identify what is causing the soreness, it may not go away totally.  But if you have identified the source, it may take several sessions to totally eliminate the soreness.  Generally speaking, working on horses with sore backs, we can reduce the soreness significantly on the first session, allow them a day or two off and bring them back gradually into full work and by the second session, it’s barely perceptible. If the horse’s neck, shoulders and poll are also tight and sore, this is probably the case. Pretty powerful stuff. I have noticed the personality change, but could not compare it to times I am not around. 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 got a great response on the right but his left hind I can’t hold, it’s too heavy, he either just lets it fall or snatches right up in the air. Then I wonder if some hind end problem might cause enough shoulder and neck tension and ‘on the forehand’ movement to cause the foot/lower leg pain? Hope this helps to clarify the hoof points in general. What I would suggest is starting with the Bladder Meridian at air gap, which maybe barely touching the hairs to 6 – 12 inches or more off from the horse, as you stay and he releases you may start to get closer each time until you can actually touch his poll area. Sometimes that will work. She is very sensitive around C4/5 and starts yawning and blinking as soon as I touch lightly. This may be the case with your horse, as he’s obviously bothered by any physical pressure on the poll. During the first session I do the front end and during the second session of the week I do the hind end. This happens occasionally after some releases either from working on the front or hind end, the horse’s hind end gets a bit wobbly or they start to push against the stall wall. He told me to give her robaxin for two weeks, keep trying to stretch back legs, keep her in a 30 x 30 area, rub Surpass on the SI area, have a bodyworker come and work on her. There were several releases and he looked very relaxed but as soon as I shifted my weight towards him (I didn’t even take a step!) For example, if the horse is in regular work, training, showing, everyday, and is standing in a stall the rest of the time, then he will probably have sore feet. Or would it be worse now? Should I work on the horse before or after riding? My mind is cooking to figure out how I’m going to schedule the rest of the certification in. Also, if I try to do the lateral neck release, he doesn’t like any pressure anywhere on his face; even just to rest a hand there, so encouraging the bend is a challenge. I wish you the best and from the bottom of my heart I believe that your horse will greatly appreciate this time that you will spend with him or her. All the Hind End Points would be a great place to work. I’ve been working with a chiropractor (who is also a vet) on the head tossing issue – he does it in all settings – not just specific ones. over all of the pectorals, up the cervicals and over the withers. I recommend that they have at least one real racing speed exercise work after you’ve worked on them, because if they release well, their entire stride pattern will change and sometimes that feels strange to a TB and they might train worse initially as they are adjusting to a more open stride. When working on the “outside” of the horse, doing things “to” him, what the human does is often mechanical and habitual. 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. Feeding Prior to Equine Bodywork - Does it Matter? You say you 'follow the blink' but what does that mean? It is incredibly simple, but deeply powerful. Remember, when you release something on the front end, the back end is affected too! I was using the head up for the poll and two different times during the treatment my horse displayed the flehmen response. You have to take into account other factors before you call your farrier to complain that your horse’s feet might be sore. We have only done trail riding. Let me know how it goes. Then there was lots and lots of licking and chewing, sighing, heavy breathing, etc (on and on and on). Needless to say he wasn’t too keen on going back in. He will tell us where the discomfort is, where the restriction is. As they start to feel it in their hind end. If it’s not in the feet and legs then it’s possible it’s higher up in the body. Usually one day is enough, but if the horse is uncomfortable it means that he needs a little more time. So my fear is that it will be a constant struggle to keep him from cribbing. “Such cases are candidates for surgical release. How often should I work on my horse? HeloiseDear Heloise: My kids love to have water balloon fights during the summer. Yes, it does happen. However, I am wondering if you would recommend anything to support his recovery? In spite of all our situations, all of us at sometime will have problems. 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