Head Up Technique In Arm

Head Up Technique in Arm   This article is the second of three.  As we said last week, there are three ways to do the Head Up Techniques:   a) Chin Lift (Hands Under Chin) b) Head in Arm c) Head on Shoulder   Which you use depends on which the horse is more comfortable…

Head Up Technique Chin Lift

Head-up Technique: Chin Lift   There are three ways to do the Head Up Techniques.  This article is the first of three.   a) Chin Lift (Hands Under Chin) b) Head in Arm c) Head on Shoulder   Which you use depends on which the horse is more comfortable with. It is generally easier for…

Tongue (and poll) Release

Tongue (and poll) Release   The Purpose of this Technique is to release muscle tension in deep muscles around and associated with the hyoid apparatus. This area is associated with tension in the poll, TMJ and jaw, sternum and other areas of the horse.   The Goal of this Technique is to encourage the horse to gently…

Head Down Technique

Head Down Technique   The Purpose of this Technique is to release tension and improve comfort and range of motion in the poll and atlas.   The Goal is to get the horse to relax the head down so that the muscles behind the poll can be massaged, and to get movement in the poll/atlas (atlanto-occipital) junction in a relaxed…

Lateral Cervical Flexion Explanation & Steps

Lateral Cervical Flexion Explanation & Steps   With the Bladder Meridian Technique, we began the process of getting the horse to release tension in the body by bringing her awareness to it in a way that she can’t brace against it. When we use no pressure, the horse has nothing to brace against.   Now we’re going…

Three Key Junctions of the Horse

Three Key Junctions that affect performance   The 15 second definition of the Masterson Method is: It’s a method of equine bodywork in which we read and follow the horse’s responses to our touch to enable it to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance.   We’ve talked about the…

How Does The Masterson Method Work?

How Does The Masterson Method Work?   This method works because we work with the horse’s natural instincts as 1) and prey animal, and 2) as a herd animal.   As a prey animal the horse’s first survival response to danger, pressure or discomfort is to flee. If he doesn’t have that option, which he usually doesn’t when working…