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Perfect Timing: When Education and Application Unite by Renee Adair, Equiaccel, LLC

The morning was pitch black. I turned on the exterior barn lights so they could light the landscape gradually, and give the horses’ eyes a chance to adjust. I let the mares in, then turned on the overhead light. When I went to the back, I saw my paint and colt standing, and Freedom, my friend Michelle’s horse, on the ground. Mornings when I need to feed extra early, it is normal to see

February 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Using the Horse’s Parasympathetic Nervous System to Release Tension from Past Incidents by Jim Masterson

It’s been my experience when working on horses that have had an accident in the past such as a fall; going over backwards; running into something; or an accident in a trailer, that the bodywork will often uncover what the horse’s body has been blocking out, sometimes for years. When an accident or incident such as this happens the nervous system gets jarred, similar to what might happen to us when we’re in a

October 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Mysteries of the Autonomic Nervous System by Megan Dushin

If you’ve seen Jim Masterson or a certified practitioner demonstrate The Masterson Method®, then you’ve seen what some common “releases” look like when a horse lets go of tension. A horse may lick and chew, shake his head, scratch himself, sigh or snort, rest a hind leg, yawn, etc. At first it may seem like magic. Here’s how Jim explains this phenomenon: Horses survive by blocking out pain and discomfort. If they show lameness

September 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

How I found The Masterson Method® by Barbara Glass

I first became interested in The Masterson Method when my horse, Tye was injured with a tear in his hind suspensory ligament in 2011.  Tye had not been the happiest horse when I bought him the year before.  He had been placed in a corner stall at the barn where he lived because, I was told after purchase, he fought with the other horses.  He was demanding and aggressive when it came time to

August 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Bringing The Masterson Method® into Equine-Assisted Learning and Therapy Programs by Megan Dushin

Jim Masterson focuses his practice and teaching of The Masterson Method® on the benefits to the horse. Yet, he will admit that this approach to bodywork reaches far beyond the obvious realm of helping horses release tension. He once said in conversation (as a few of us were reflecting on the personal insights gained from practicing this bodywork), “Who knew just touching a horse could be so transformational?” It heartens me to hear him

July 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Mules & The Masterson Method® by Loni Langdon

Here’s something I really want to put out to the world… there’s nothing like a good mule! I love mules and I have a deep appreciation for Jim Masterson and his creation of The Masterson Method® of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork. If you have mules in your life, understanding a few of The Masterson Method principles can really be a game changer if you want to improve performance, refine communication and/or deepen your relationship

June 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Bladder Meridian Technique

Goal: To bypass the Horse’s survival-defense response and connect directly with the part of the horse’s nervous system that holds and releases tension. The results: This simple yet powerful Technique establishes the basis of communication between you and the horse through touch and response. It puts you both on the same page, sets the tone for the interaction, and relaxes the horse and you. Applying the Technique Step 1 - SEARCH •

May 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Bat Girl – A Case Study on Mystery Lameness

What is the Masterson Method? The Masterson Method is a method of equine bodywork in which the practitioner reads and follows the responses of the horse to touch to allow the horse to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. A unique aspect of this process is that it provides a language through which the horse can tell the owner where tension is building in the body, and also

September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

A Labor Day Tail

It’s a beautiful, clear, cool (yes, cool) Labor Day morning in Iowa, and I decide to harness up Annabelle and Jeremiah for a nice, Labor Day drive.         Turns out it may not be such a labor-free Labor Day after all. Jeremiah, who is an expert at finding his way into the wrong pastures (who, me?),    has found his way into the really wrong pasture –

September 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Educational Friday 28) Questions with Scapula Release Down and Forward

28) Questions with Scapula Release Down and Forward Many of the questions about releasing the scapula down and forward can be answered in Educational Friday 25) Questions about Releasing Down and Back. There are differences in the way some of these issues are handled when bringing the leg forward. The answers to these are these below.   What if my horse begins to relax the leg down, then pulls up? As with the previous

August 4th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: |

Educational Friday 27) Scapula Release Down and Forward

27) Scapula Release Down and Forward The goal of these techniques is to release and drop the scapula down and back, and down and forward in a relaxed state, beyond the normal relaxed range of motion. This will result in a release of tension in the muscles that attach the forelimb to the body, deeper muscles of the junction of the neck and withers, and key muscles that affect both the poll/atlas and the

July 27th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: |

Educational Friday 26) Questions with Scapula Release Down and Back

26) Questions with Scapula Release Down and Back What if the horse refuses to let me lift the leg, or repeatedly pulls away? Be aware of possible discomfort or injury. If the horse absolutely refuses, with his ears pinned back, then there is probably a reason. It could be that he is guarding something in that leg, or that there is discomfort or injury in the opposite leg that is making it difficult for

July 14th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: |

Educational Friday 25) Scapula Release Down and Back Notes, Tips, and things to Remember

25) Scapula Release Down and Back Notes, Tips, and things to Remember Position the Horse Position the horse so that there is room for both you and the horse to work. The best place is in the center, diagonally across the stall. As he steps back you don't want him to hit his butt on the wall and bounce forward. In addition, when in the center of the stall if he has the sudden

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: |

Educational Friday 24) Scapula Release Down and Back

24) Scapula Release Down and Back The goal of these techniques is to release and drop the scapula down and back, and down and forward in a relaxed state, beyond the normal relaxed range of motion. This will result in a release of tension in the muscles that attach the forelimb to the body, deeper muscles of the junction of the neck and withers, and key muscles that affect both the poll/atlas and the

June 30th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: |

Educational Friday 23) Working Environment and Safety

23) Working Environment and Safety The following five suggestions are based on my experience and are meant to keep both you and your horse safe and create an optimal working environment for a successful and enjoyable experience. 1. Where to Work Ideally, I like to work on a horse in a stall. There are a number of reasons for this:  I can step back from the horse to see what he has to say

June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|

Educational Friday 22) The Importance of Going Slowly

22) The Importance of Going Slowly In order for the horse to participate in the process, you must allow him to do so on his own time. Let go of the element of time or the horse won’t respond. Throw away the clock. You are on the horse’s agenda. Go slowly in the Search, watch of the Response, and when you get one, Stay, Stay, Stay until you get a Release, or until you

June 9th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: , , |

Educational Friday 21) Primary Issues Part 3

Primary Issues Part 3 In the previous Educational Fridays we talked about performance or behavior issues and possible primary issues that might be behind them and discussed Masterson Method® techniques that may help with the (secondary) tension caused by them. All of what we work on in the horse’s body is caused by something. It is secondary to, or created by some other, primary issue. We can clear tension in the horse’s body until

June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: , , |

Educational Friday 21) Primary Issues Part 2

21) Primary Issues Part 2 In the previous Educational Fridays we talked about performance or behavior issues and possible primary issues that might be behind them and discussed Masterson Method® techniques that may help with the (secondary) tension caused by them. All of what we work on in the horse’s body is caused by something. It is secondary to, or created by some other, primary issue. We can clear tension in the horse’s body

May 26th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: , |

Educational Friday 21) Primary Issues Part 1

Primary Issues Part One All of what we work on in the horse’s body is caused by something. It is secondary to, or created by some other, primary issue. We can clear tension in the horse’s body until the cows come home (which is always good), but if we can determine what’s causing the tension and remedy it, then ideally the tension will likely not return. We can help the horse even more. Here

May 19th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: , , , |

Educational Friday 20) A Biomechanical Theory on How a Horse Jumps Part 2

20) A Biomechanical Theory on How a Horse Jumps Part 2 By Coralie Hughes Last Friday we looked at the first part of an analysis of the biomechanics of jumping by MMCP and Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes. The jump was broken into the Approach, Take-off, Suspension and Landing phases. Last week we looked at the Approach and Landing phases. Today we’ll see the horse finish the jump as we look at the Suspension and

May 5th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: |

Educational Friday 20)A Biomechanical Theory on How a Horse Jumps Part 1

20) A Biomechanical Theory on How a Horse Jumps Part 1 By Coralie Hughes The following analysis of the biomechanics of jumping by MMCP and Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes has been developed based on a current understanding of the literature concerning how the horse’s musculo-skeletal system works, how the horse uses his body, and from many hours watching slow motion videos of jumpers working at the highest level. She has broken the jump into

April 21st, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: |

Educational Friday 19) Head-shyness

19) Head- shyness When discussing head-shy horses, often the first question that is asked is whether it is a behavioral issue or a physical issue? One of the first signs that something may be a behavioral issue is that it is relatively easy it is to train through. If a behavior is unreasonably difficult to train out of the horse, or is consistent, or keeps coming back, then you might consider the possibility that

April 7th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: , |

Educational Friday 18) The nature of the prey animal: finding and releasing tension

18) The nature of the prey animal:  finding and releasing tension The horse is the ultimate prey animal. When feeling threatened by something in the environment, he is hard-wired to run away first and ask questions later. Survival for millennia has been dependent on living in the protection of the herd. Consequently, horses try not to show discomfort in their body. They hide it until a lameness or sickness develops that they can no

March 31st, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: |

Educational Friday 17) What your horse might have to say about lead change issues.

17) What your horse might have to say about lead change issues We’ve talked before how discomfort, tension or restriction in the muscles of the horse can affect the horse’s movement, performance and even behavior. We’ve also discussed how horse are similar to humans in that each has a more predominant side, eye, or direction. This natural unevenness builds uneven tension in the horse’s muscles. The unevenness in the horse’s movement can be worked

March 24th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: |

Educational Friday 16) Use of the Principle of Non-Resistance in Equine Bodywork

16) Use of the Principle of Non-Resistance in Equine Bodywork The Masterson Method of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork comprises of two basic categories of techniques:  those that release tension in situ, and those that release tension through range of motion in a relaxed state. Releasing tension in the muscles and restoring flexibility and range of motion to the skeleton work together. Relieving tension in the major muscles that control a joint allows the joint

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Educational Friday|Tags: , , |