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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: |