Equine communication, teaching and bodywork go hand in hand.
Horses often communicate that they are in discomfort or pain, and this often prevents them from relaxing both mentally and physically and from being able to learn and perform well.
Tension, discomfort or pain that is relieved quickly allows a horse to communicate in a happier way with their person, and means they can concentrate better and can move their bodies in a more fluid, relaxed and efficient way.
A horse in discomfort or pain finds it very difficult to undertake simple requests well. Many horses will continue to perform through pain, as they have learnt that is what they need to do. This means we might continue to ride them, and they can develop long term problems, or even permanent damage.
Once a horse is obviously lame, there have usually been changes in joints, some of which may well be permanent, and cannot be fully resolved. This will impact on the horses health into the future. In addition, when a horse feels pain or discomfort, it will attempt to relieve the strain on that area and will ‘compensate’, by using its body differently. This compensation can mean that what began as a simple issue in one area becomes a complicated issue with soreness in several areas. Once this occurs a good resolution takes much longer, and we may also need to teach the horse to move in better posture.
I use a variety of techniques with horses, including energy work (similar to Reiki), acupressure, Tellington T-touch, massage, fascial work, stretches and more. I am an empath, which means I can often feel in my own body where horses are experiencing problems. I can very often ‘see’ where a horse is experiencing tension, stress or pain even when they are not lame or obviously in difficulty. This is due to how I feel and ‘see’ energy, and to the variety of communication pathways I utilise with each horse.