Equine touch for injury
prevention, rehab, maintenance
and improved performance
Horse problems can present themselves physically or behaviourally and there is often an underlying reason.
Karen is a qualified scientist and ET practitioner. Karen has owned horses for 30 years and has an on-going
interest in healing methods and natural horsemanship. This puts her in the unique position of being able to
see the whole picture to improve your horses mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Equine Touch is a gentle, hands on, non-invasive method, which addresses the connective tissue - fascia,
muscles, tendons and ligaments. The tissue is mobilised by using moves over acupuncture points, trigger
points or sites of common injuries. It can induce deep relaxation, releasing trauma improving muscle tone,
encouraging recovery from injury and muscle atrophy, reduces pain and assists detoxification and lymphatic
drainage by increasing circulation.
EQUINE TOUCH (ET) CAN HELP:
Performance/behaviour issues • Muscular tension & stiffness • Recovery from injury and illness
Deep relaxation for emotional stress • Recovery from acute injury or surgery
Balances the nervous system & improves the immune system • Laminitis & lameness
Abscesses & stone bruises • Imbalances & associated injuries • Sore backs, saddle issues & saddle fit
• Rehab & maintenance (stretching exercises)
When I first treated Alai she was tense with tight neck, shoulders, hamstring, walking short in the hind quarters and had back issues. This caused saddle fit problems. Alai was also stressed due to an accident a few months prior and her long term paddock mate passing away.
After 3 Equine touch sessions over 6 weeks and home exercises I gave her owner, Alai improved remarkably. She became much more relaxed, was walking sound and her neck, shoulder, hamstring and back muscles were no longer tight and tense.
Alai has now gone onto a new home where she is being ridden regularly and sound.
Jack came to Quarter Oaks with bridling issues for Stewart to help him through. As with all horses that come to be helped, Jack had an Equine Touch assessment. This revealed that his atlas (pole) was slightly misaligned. After 2 equine touch sessions Jack was pain free and within a week, after time with Stewart, Jack would hold his head low and relaxed for his owner to bridle him.
Atlas or pole issues can show themselves in a number of way.
- Pain/sensitivity at the back of the skull and around the first and second cervical vertebrae
- Braciness during lateral flexion
- Unable to fully flex or extend at the poll
- Grinding of teeth when put on the circle or during lateral flexion
- Problems picking up a particular lead
- High headed
GG is a young, un-started, Thoroughbred who had a paddock injury. Her gait was very constricted and stiff – especially on the left side. She was very hunched and tight throughout her whole body when moving, had a lump on her croup and you could see her abdominal muscles contracting when walking.
GG had 4 sessions over a 6 week period with lots of paddock rest in between. Each session showed good improvement and within 2 months the lump on her croup had disappeared, she was sound and is now ready to be started by Stewart.