How long after the farrier works on my horse, should I schedule a session?
1. Schedule bodywork BEFORE trims. If there is any tension in the leg, it can be dispelled, allowing the farrier to trim to a relaxed set of the leg. Of the hoof is trimmed to mirror a tense, for instance, shoulder, the angle of the foot will only perpetuate that tension. The horse will not be able to relax the shoulder, even if tension is dispelled. My trimmer notices a difference even if I do 10-15min of bodywork right before she arrives. I would recommend, though, keeping full sessions a few days prior to the footwork so the horse can process.
Samantha Walker MMCP, Mentor, Coach, Instructor
2. What a great question! I’d love to see Equines benefiting from bodywork on a regularly scheduled basis, just like hoof care. Like many things in life, do it when you have the opportunity vs. not at all! To maximize your investments I see benefits to bodywork both before and/or after your equine sees the farrier.Often a horse that is difficult for the farrier is more relaxed in their body after receiving Masterson Method bodywork & that helps for an easier trim or shoeing, a more positive experience for your equine. If your farrier is like mine, he appreciates a horse that is easy to get around. Bodywork after your farrier visits is equally good. If your horse had her shoes pulled or had to stand for a while in a way that was not normal for her, bodywork certainly will benefit her by releasing those places where she is holding tension or sore.You can learn foundational Masterson Method techniques like the ones taught at the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Workshop to help your horse anytime… before or after the farrier & in between.
I hope this has been helpful!
May your horse be with you,” Loni Langdon MMCP, Mentor, Coach, Instructor