Why Bodywork?

"Movement is the aim of the art of equestrianism, which resides in the comprehension, maintenance, and guidance of the horse's efforts in a state of physical and emotional harmony." 

- Jean Marie-Denoix   



Regular training, conformational challenges, tack, habitual postures, environmental conditions, modern husbandry and repetitive work all contribute to wear and tear on equine athletes and pleasure horses.  


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Repetitive athletic feats are not inherently natural for any of us, so we need to counteract the affects of physical exertion with therapeutic support in order to sustain healthy training.  As prey, horses were designed to graze most of the day and occasionally bolt away from predators.  They were not meant to race for long distances, jump hurdles, or even carry passengers on their backs.  The fact that they can and will do these things is a testament to their spirit.  We want to reward that spirit with responsible management. 


Proper upkeep saves money.  Despite the fact that equine athletes are trained to accomplish extraordinary maneuvers, they are highly susceptible to injuries and diminished mobility.  A small investment in maintenance therapies may prevent costlier issues that affect performance and behavior.   

We believe that the ideal fitness and rehabilitative collaboration includes vet, rider, trainer, horse, bodyworker, farrier, & dentist.  Bodywork is not a substitute for veterinary care.  Check with your veterinarian to see if bodywork is right for your horse.  


Bodywork and Therapy Benefits: 

  • Enhances muscle tone and range of motion.
  • Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints.
  • Improves proprioception.
  • Augments depletion of excessive fluids & waste.
  • Improves muscle contraction.
  • Promotes the healing process. 
  • Boosts nutrient flow to the muscles.
  • Stimulates circulation and releases endorphins.
  • Supports whole body health by efficiently directing physiological processes.

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MEND: align, balance, bring into line, calibrate, connect, fine-tune, fit, focus, improve, overhaul, polish, readjust, rehab, service, sharpen, square, tighten, troubleshoot, tune up