HOW DOES PAIN AND DISCOMFORT AFFECT YOUR HORSE?

Let's look at some specific challenges first. Your horse:

  • turns easier to one side than the other
  • has been refusing work or not performing as well as usual
  • seems to stiff and uncomfortable
  • has had chronic health issues or injuries
  • appears aggressive and grumpy
  • has had a severe head trauma or other neurological issues

And you have:

  • tried nutritional changes
  • modified your horse's training 
  • addressed issues with the hoofs
  • had your horse checked by your veterinarian
  • an open mind when it comes to alternative approaches to treatments

Now, imagine your horse being able to be an amazing athlete with ease: shoulders open and free, head movement with natural flexibility, overall suppleness and hind legs that move your horse powerfully forward.

Tissues released through this modality hold the change and sessions progress from one to the next. It is a steady unraveling of compensatory patterns until the original issue or trauma is released. The results are amazing.

Your horse will get a chance to:

  • live a pain-free life
  • recover from strenuous exercise or competition faster
  • decrease rehab time
  • shift its weight back into its main engine for propulsion - the hind
  • have a shiny coat
  • enjoy a healthy immune system
  • feel flexible and strong
  • perform with ease at its highest levels
  • recover quicker from injuries or exercise/events
  • live a pain-free life
  • shift its weight back into its main engine for propulsion - the hind
  • have a shiny coat
  • enjoy a healthy immune system
  • feel flexible and strong
  • perform with ease at its highest levels

Most horses have had some form of trauma to their bodies along their lives: from ridden too hard too soon, to accidents and illnesses. Such events leave scar tissues, sticky fascia and lesions behind. Same things with the riders. Most of them go undetected for a long time, because both of our bodies will try to compensate for as long as possible. Until it is too much and more and more injuries seem to occur out of nowhere. But they never do...most likely restrictions have been accumulating over a longer period of time.

Equine Craniosacral sessions can be a very different way of assessing and releasing tensions and restrictions by addressing the nervous system. This modality is used successfully to release:

  • Lower back and joint problems
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Head traumas and injuries
  • Behavioral issues
  • TMJ problems
  • Imbalances throughout
  • Lack of motivation in horse
  • Limited stamina of horse
  • Anything that seems complex, confusing, and complicated...

Few structures have as much influence over the body's ability to function properly as the brain and the spinal cord - the central nervous system. And vice versa, the central nervous is equally affected by the membranes, tissues and fluids that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. With equine craniosacral sessions the horse's body gets a chance to truly heal from the inside out. With a healthy nervous system the body knows how to heal itself and with this unique technique it gets the opportunity to change its entire biomechanics in a gentle way.

Equine CranioSacral Therapy is a tissue based therapy, based in science (central nervous system, autonomic nervous system) and it affects any tissue, at any level, including but not limited to: bone, fascia, dura, muscles, tendons, ligaments, arteries, veins, nerves, blood, lymph, and cerebrospinal fluid.
— Dr. Sandra Howlett, DC, CST-D, EFLC, Certified Veterinary Chiropractor

 ECS focuses on the bones of the skull, the membranes in the skull and their relationship with sacrum and hence has an enormous effect on hind end issues as well as shoulder and wither problems etc.

ECS does not manipulate bones but rather the soft tissue underneath. It is important for the overall health of the nervous system that the bones of the cranium can move freely in certain patterns. This way all underlying tissues, blood and lymph vessels as well as cranial nerves and sections of the brain can function optimally. And if they do - the body can heal itself. This means that for optimal health, it is important to allow for the nervous system to function without any restrictions.

Tissues released through Equine CranioSacral Bodywork hold the changes and sessions progress from one to the next. It is a steady unraveling of compensatory patterns until the original issue or trauma is released.

Sessions progress from one to the next - it is a steady unraveling of compensatory patterns until the original issue or trauma is released. The results are amazing.

Without a balanced and supple body a horse may experience issues with soundness, illness, behavior and general stiffness and tightness. At best, the movement won't be as fluid and performance will suffer. Many aspects contribute to your horse's well-being, from to feed to barn management. But when it comes to riding nothing is more important than the riders balanced biomechanics and the well-balanced posture of your horse. Please remember that if you are out of alignment, your horse has extra work to do to compensate for that.

Regular bodywork for you and your horse is highly recommended for optimal health and performance. There is a reason why top athletes have physiotherapists and athletic trainers working with them every day. Your horse is a top athlete as well and so are you.