Hello from Jim
We’ve just finished the Minnesota Horse Expo a couple of weeks ago. We did something different this time. For our demonstrations we arranged to have horses that had what we call “mystery performance or behavioral issues” or “mystery lamenesses” horses that have a clear performance, movement or behavioral issue, that have been looked at by a veterinarian but with:
- a) no diagnosis – nothing causing it has been found, or
- b) something has been found and diagnosed, and has been treated and the initial problem healed – yet the horse is still not entirely sound.
Horse’s Name: Trace
Updated on May 15th – “He continues to be better on the right and has better flexibility that way. I think he is fixed!”
Horse’s Name: Kiowa
Horse’s Name: Chimmer (pronounced Chimer)
About a year ago she walked out of the stall lame after a drill team competition, right front. Vets felt something in the flexor tendon but not much else. She has no sign of injury now, but has been lame in front since.
Our experience of Chimmer: Masterson Method Certified Practitioner, Lise Lunde and I worked on her a couple of times, and she was in the Friday and Saturday demonstrations. I asked the owner to give Chimmer a week off in the pasture before doing anything as she had received quite a bit of bodywork over the weekend.
Horse’s name: Otis
IN OTHER NEWS: BACK TO ENGLAND
Walter is also involved in introducing MM bodywork to the German Mustang Challenge. I’ve been wanting to do that here in the States, and Walter’s beat me to it. Don’t lay a challenge down in front of a German, especially if he’s a German horseman! One thing we’re trying to do is change the way horses are competed in Germany, and the way they are trained and rehabilitated in the US.
MORE WEEKEND SEMINARS NEEDED
Walter Saxe, MMCP and Instructor in Germany Report from the Mustang Makeover
I would describe Andrea’s philosophy as follows: the way is the goal and not the result.
The little mare had to settle in the first days without having to cope with new tasks. Trust building is the first motto.
Fun Note: Andrea gave her the name M (the boss of James Bond).
I did not want more and more could not have been possible.
I am sure, however, that next time she will allow the complete bladder-meridian technique.
I will continue to report”
One Day Workshop taught by MM Instructor, Coralie Hughes on The Biomechanics of Dressage: What we are asking the horse’s body to do for us (applies to any equestrian discipline)
Testimonial from a course participant:
- Functional skeletal and muscle anatomy of the horse (presented at a level to be useful to riders/trainers. No latin names or insertion points or highly technical facts. Just how the organism works)
- Biomechanics of bend/circles
- Biomechanics of collection
- How the horse uses his body in the major movements of upper level dressage. When you understand this you can adapt the information to any discipline.
- How we use our bodies as riders (of any discipline) that makes the horse’s job harder
- What causes excessive negative tension/discomfort in the horse
- Paint the skeleton on one side of the horse and the major muscles on the other side of the horse
- Watch the painted horse move in walk trot and canter on the longe and in in-hand work
- Watch the painted horse be ridden performing the upper level movements of dressage
- Masterson Method Bodywork live demo with free-flowing commentary connecting what I feel in the body, how excessive negative tension might relate to potential performance issues in that horse and how it is released
Masterson Method Equine Specialist Training
Do you volunteer for an equine-facilitated program serving veterans, people with disabilities, people recovering from addiction, and others receiving the healing benefits of working with horses? Consider applying your interest in the Masterson Method to therapy horses and their clients! Doing bodywork on horses helps clients develop a new relationship to their horse while the horse releases tension: it’s a win-win. Register for the Masterson Method Equine Specialist (MMES) Training in Liberty Hill, Texas on July 17th-18th to learn how to bring the Masterson Method to equine-assisted activity or therapy programs.
UPCOMING DEMO: July 6, 2017 * Cold Spring, NY
The Putnam Horse Council in NY State is partnering with Topfield Equestrian Center in Cold Spring, NY to offer a free, public demo of the Masterson Method! Come watch Masterson Method Certified Practitioner Tanja Kraft demonstrate the basic principles of this bodywork, and hear MMES program coordinator Megan Dushin briefly share about this new application of the Masterson Method in coaching or therapy settings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOST A TRAINING
Do you have 8-10 horses who serve in equine-facilitated programs? Are you interested in hosting a training in Masterson Method Equine Specialist Programming? Earn a free seat plus 20% discount on the prerequisite Weekend Seminar course by hosting a 2-day MMES training at your site. Learn more about hosting requirements on our Masterson Method Equine Specialist website
10% off DVD’s Spring Special
All Video’s (DVD’s and Streaming) are now 10% off through the end of May.
Happy Memorial Day!
Masterson Method will be presented at the Western States Horse Expo, June 9th – 11th
Topics and Location of Presentations:
Friday – 9:15am – Western Horseman’s Spirit Arena
Saturday – 5:00pm – Western Horseman’s Spirit Arena
Sunday – 1:00pm – Western Horseman’s Spirit Arena
Jim works with different live horse case study issues that involve unexplained or undiagnosed “Mystery Issues”. Many horses suffer from performance, movement or behavioral issues, the sources of which cannot be found in the feet, legs or on the surface of the horse. Often the origins of these problems lie deeper in the core and postural muscles of the body. The Masterson Method® is dedicated to teaching owners how to find and release hidden tension that may be affecting their horses’ performance, movement or behavior, by learning to read and follow what the horse’s body is telling them.
These sessions use horses with unexplained performance, movement or behavioral issues such as extreme head shyness, short-strided in front or behind, or who have been involved in injuries or accidents such as serious falls or trailering accidents in which afterwards the horse is just “not quite right” or “not the same”.
On Friday’s demonstration horses with unexplained performance, movement or behavioral issues will be evaluated and worked on using the Masterson Method®. Techniques demonstrated and areas worked on will be determined by the particular issues these horses bring to the demo, and what each individual horse tells us through his/her visual responses to the work.
Each day, following an explanation of the Masterson Method®, follow-up work on the previous day’s horses will be done if needed, and then a fresh set of horses with different performance, movement or behavioral issues will be evaluated and worked on.
These demos are educational, full of practical information, and give you specific Masterson Method® bodywork techniques that you as an owner will be able to take home and use to improve not only your horse’s performance, movement and behavior, but communication and relationship with your horse as well
Denise Montagne, Certified Practitioner from Reno, NV
Denise’s journey with horses began later in life at 34 Since then she has enjoyed several disciplines including endurance riding, dressage and hunter\jumper. But she truly loves a great trail ride and simply being with horses.
Denise has been a human physical therapist for the past 27 years specializing in outpatient rehab with an emphasis on Manual therapy, Pilates and Gyrotonic. She really loves and excels with the manual therapy part of assisting the body to function optimally as well as how to then train it to work more efficiently. In 2003 her first horse Sham was exhibiting some behavior that appeared to be caused by pain radiating from his back into his flank. He would spin and bite himself, causing welts on his side. After seeing a few vets with no diagnosis, she decided to try some manual therapy techniques as she would on a human. Her therapy, sure enough alleviated the symptoms! This led her to seek further training in equine therapy and bodywork. Her first class was with Narelle Stubbs BaaSC PT. M. Animal ST. PhD Equine Back Pain in 2004. In 2008 she achieved certification as an Equine Rehab Therapist (CERT) through Animal Rehab Institute in Florida again under instruction with Narelle Stubbs and Hilary Clayton BVMS, PhD. She then acquired a license as an Animal Physical Therapist in the state of Nevada in 2009.
Finding there was a need for total equine bodywork in the Reno area, Denise sought a method to treat the whole horse, not just the broken part. She realized she had several goals in working with the horses; enhance performance, rehabilitate, improve emotional well- being and strengthen the relationship between horse and rider. A client had mentioned the Masterson Method® to her during a session with her own horse. She was drawn to the methods after taking a weekend course. She then realized that was the ticket she sought! The Masterson Method® intrigued her because it’s much more than what is done to a horse-it is about working with the horse to release tension, increase ease of movement and enhance performance. Much the same as is accomplished with her human therapy based in osteopathic medicine and Pilates training. Completing her certification in the Masterson Method in October 2016, Denise is excited to be a part of the The Masterson Method community which attracts a wonderful group of people dedicated to improving the lives of horses.
Denise enjoys educating owners about ways to help their own horses feel better physically and emotionally. She tremendously enjoys seeing the horse move more freely. Observing horses transform through sessions with the Masterson Method has been especially satisfying. She enjoys being in the moment when working with a horse, feeling, sensing, observing and following her intuition. It’s a healing time for both horse and practitioner.
You can get in touch with Denise at: email@example.com or by calling; 775-813-6361
Nancy Horne from Kila, MT, Newly Certified Practitioner
I began my career as a custom furniture maker and also taught woodworking. I transitioned to computer design, database development, website design and teacher of Online Adobe courses in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver for a community college in Oregon. Counter balancing the technical work with my Equine passion, I pulled the diversity of skills together and created the Greater Good Ranch on my 30 acres in Salish Mountains in Kila, Montana. Currently partnered with 4 horses, 3 dogs a cat and chickens, there are endless possibilities for activities and healing. Computing. teaching plus abundant trail riding, equine clinics, workshops promoting wellness, communication and connection are the main focus of daily life.
My introduction to horses can be described as a mid-life passion that began in 1999. The desire to find common interest with a friend turned into full blown passion for ‘everything horse’ after just two riding / equine care lessons. With RFD-TV available, I studied every horse program available when not out working with horses. 2003 began the study of acupressure and red light therapy, soon followed by the Masterson Method® DVD’s and Book after seeing Jim’s demonstration with Rick Lamb on “the Horse Show”. The communication and results with every horse are simply astounding.
After years of intensely studying and applying multiple modalities of ground work, riding, Beyond Horse Massage techniques, equine healing and rehab methods, I earned her CEMP certification through Western Montana School of Equine Massage, followed by initiation as a Reiki Master and Acupressure, Tucker Bio Kinetic Certification L1, Horse Muscle Care along with other modalities. After all this I felt the Masterson Methodology was still the key work needed for a solid foundation of understanding and awareness with horses. The MM 5 day course, field work study and certification course sparked the drive for learning and doing way more than ever considered possible. Extended study is now an unending focus.
I have an innate ability to connect and communicate with the horse to determine what the horse needs and will adjust our session accordingly. My mission is to share and teach awareness, connection, communication and maintenance techniques to all equine enthusiasts to help keep horses safe, sound, happy and healthy. To date I’ve specialized in Therapy horses, non working horses, and those who have given their all throughout their lifetime and are now left with muscle bound restriction and discomfort. The empathy and understanding to peel away layers and layers of issues to rediscover the best the horse can be now and for their future is a huge reward. Knowing what your horse needs for nutrition and fitness and having the awareness of who to call for help is a powerful tool to have on hand for being a proactive owner and for building a support team for our companion’s long term welfare.
Website: www.GreaterGoodPoints.com for Equine Bodywork.
Website: www.GreaterGoodRanch.com for clinics and events.