Symmetry Equine Bodywork

Symmetry Equine Bodywork Therapeutic sports massage and acupressure

Twin Pines Equestrian
02/19/2020

Twin Pines Equestrian

What a reactive horse can actually mean and what it doesn't.

Aiken County Farm Supply
01/14/2020

Aiken County Farm Supply

01/14/2020
An Alternative Tying Method For A Rope Halter

An Alternative Tying Method For A Rope Halter

Here is a method of tying your rope halter that will never allow the knot to tighten under pressure to the point that you can't untie it.

Jean Luc Cornille
01/11/2020

Jean Luc Cornille

What we really need to learn is to think in a different direction. Look at this picture. The way we think would have looked for the key.. the seed looked for the sun and grew her way out. By underestimating the horse's willingness and processing capacities, academic equitation taught us to turn the key toward the right or the left and advise us to change the lock or the horse when the key does not work. No one saw the seed and believed that understanding nature would free us and the horse from the locks that we created. JLC

Aiken County Farm Supply
01/11/2020

Aiken County Farm Supply

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12/28/2019

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Equissage
12/19/2019

Equissage

What exactly is Equine Sports Massage Therapy?

-Equine Sports Massage Therapy is the therapeutic application of hands-on massage techniques for the purpose of increasing circulation, relaxing muscle spasms, relieving tension, enhancing muscle tone, and increasing range of motion in high-performance horses. It is a powerful modality used to reduce the risk of injury in athletes as well as enhance their recovery after an injury.
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#equissageca #equinesportsmassage #equinemassage #equinetherapy #performancehorse #massagetherapy #ceus #ceu #education

Horse, pony and rider posters and memes
12/15/2019

Horse, pony and rider posters and memes

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11/26/2019

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11/20/2019

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All they want is our complete attention 24/7! πŸ˜‚ #equestrian #horse #horses

Great gift idea!
11/11/2019

Great gift idea!

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR!
Get a personalized profile cartoon for you, or your friend, or all your friends on your holiday gift list.
Orders placed now through December 1 are guaranteed delivered to you digitally by December 10.

How to do get yours:
1. Send $10* to paypal account [email protected]
2. send an email to [email protected] telling me your hair color and style. Attach a close up photo your horse's head in pretty much the same position as the examples here so I can see markings clearly. I'll try to honor any other special requests you might have, within reason.
3. Sit back and wait like a kid at Christmas for both a high resolution and web resolution personalized image to be delivered to your email address (allow about 10 days due to current volume of requests).

PLEASE NOTE: PERSONALIZATION INCLUDES HAIR COLOR/STYLE ON PERSON (CAN ALSO ADD GLASSES IF YOU WEAR THEM, and a hat/helmet), AND MARKINGS ON HORSE. I can also change the forelock (make it longer/bushier or shorter/sparser) and horse's eye expression. Should he be happy? Grumpy? Rolling his eyes at you for hugging him AGAIN? Have his/her eyes closed in serenity? Various ear positions are also doable. I've even done a mule, and am working on a donkey. If you have a llama, that may be a bit of extra $$, but I can do it!
* People have told me "wow, you're not charging enough for these!"
They're right. I'm not. So if you wanna add a few bucks to support your local artist and attract some good karma, I won't holler.

Aiken County Farm Supply
11/01/2019

Aiken County Farm Supply

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10/29/2019

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Dr Kerry Ridgway, Equine Therapeutic Options
10/13/2019

Dr Kerry Ridgway, Equine Therapeutic Options

Check this detailed collaborative article on the complex subject of saddle fitting evaluation. Thanking Equine Veterinary Education for allowing us to post the full article
https://rdcu.be/bUbLu
Saddles and feet evaluations were major components of any horse/rider assessment in our practice. Kerry started teaching extensive saddle fitting courses in the 90s mainly for Equinology, Inc. He also produced the DVD "Saddle Fitting from A to Z".
Anne Bondi, PhD one of the main researcher in the study is now teaching for Equinology, Inc.

10/13/2019

A worthy read.

β€œMost horses pass from one human to another - some horsemen and women are patient and forgiving, others are rigorous and demanding, others are cruel, others are ignorant.

Horses have to learn how to, at the minimum, walk, trot, canter, gallop, go on trails and maybe jump, to be treated by the vet, all with sense and good manners.

Talented Thoroughbreds must learn how to win races, and if they can't do that, they must learn how to negotiate courses and jump over strange obstacles without touching them, or do complicated dance-like movements or control cattle or accommodate severely handicapped children and adults in therapy work.

Many horses learn all of these things in the course of a single lifetime. Besides this, they learn to understand and fit into the successive social systems of other horses they meet along the way.

A horse's life is rather like twenty years in foster care, or in and out of prison, while at the same time changing schools over and over and discovering that not only do the other students already have their own social groups, but that what you learned at the old school hasn't much application at the new one.

We do not require as much of any other species, including humans.

That horses frequently excel, that they exceed the expectations of their owners and trainers in such circumstances, is as much a testament to their intelligence and adaptability as to their relationship skills or their natural generosity or their inborn nature.

That they sometimes manifest the same symptoms as abandoned orphans - distress, strange behaviors, anger, fear - is less surprising than that they usually don't.

No one expects a child, or even a dog to develop its intellectual capacities living in a box 23 hours a day and then doing controlled exercises the remaining one.

Mammal minds develop through social interaction and stimulation.

A horse that seems "stupid", "slow", "stubborn", etc. might just have not gotten the chance to learn!

Take care of your horses and treasure them.”

Jane Smiley

Misfit Designs
10/12/2019

Misfit Designs

I'd love the opportunity to personalize a profile cartoon for you, your friends, and the other several billion of you who have yet to request one.
How to do get yours:
1. Send $10* to paypal account [email protected]
2. send an email to [email protected] telling me your hair color and style. Attach a close up photo your horse's head in pretty much the same position as the examples here so I can see markings clearly. I'll try to honor any other special requests you might have, within reason.
3. Sit back and wait like a kid at Christmas for both a high resolution and web resolution personalized image to be delivered to your email address (allow about 10 days due to current volume of requests).
Hey, it's only 90 days until Christmas! Time to start checking people off your list.
PLEASE NOTE: PERSONALIZATION INCLUDES HAIR COLOR/STYLE ON PERSON (CAN ALSO ADD GLASSES IF YOU WEAR THEM, and a hat/helmet), AND MARKINGS ON HORSE. I can also change the forelock (make it longer/bushier or shorter/sparser) and horse's eye expression. Should he be happy? Grumpy? Rolling his eyes at you for hugging him AGAIN? Have his/her eyes closed in serenity? Various ear positions are also doable. I've even done a mule, and am working on a donkey. If you have a llama, that may be a bit of extra $$, but I can do it!
* People have told me "wow, you're not charging enough for these!"
They're right. I'm not. So if you wanna add a few bucks to support your local artist and attract some good karma, I won't holler.
Take a look at the attached photos for inspiration!

Elemental Acupressure
10/03/2019

Elemental Acupressure

Sums it up nicely!

shared by Xenophon Equus Centre: "ISES position statement on alterations of the horses’ head and neck posture in equitation

http://www.equitationscience.com/"

It's about darn time.
09/30/2019
Jockey Club takes a stand against whipping racehorses

It's about darn time.

The Jockey Club is using their voice to lobby against whipping in horse racing, and fans are thrilled. Animal welfare organizations are applauding The Jockey Club (TJC) for speaking out against the use of whipping using hand whips in horse racing, and encouraging new penalty guidelines for breaching...

Equine Head to Tail
09/25/2019

Equine Head to Tail

I love this image...

It shows just how vulnerable the young horses’ skeleton is.

Look how long it takes for the lower jaw & poll to mature.

We put bits in young mouths & in some cases force their bodies into an outline way before their skeletons have matured.

Aiken County Farm Supply
09/14/2019

Aiken County Farm Supply

Very interesting
09/13/2019
Bone, not adrenaline, drives fight or flight response

Very interesting

When faced with a predator or sudden danger, the heart rate goes up, breathing becomes more rapid, and fuel in the form of glucose is pumped throughout the body to prepare an animal to fight or flee.

Equissage
09/06/2019

Equissage

A common misconception about massage is that a horse only β€œneeds it” when there is something wrong. Massage is a powerful preventative measure that keeps the body healthy and balanced and actually reduces the risk of injury. If a horse is perfectly sound and balanced, wouldn’t it be great to keep them that way?

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This is Bailey, a 3yo Irish Sport Horse. She is completely sound with no previous injuries or imbalances and she has already started her once a month bodywork program. They’re never too young, sound, or perfect to start a preventative regimen! #equissagecalifornia #equissageca #equine #sportsmassage #equinesportsmassage #california #horses #horsesofinstagram

Misfit Designs
09/04/2019

Misfit Designs

What I've learned from doing personalized profile cartoons of people and their horses:
1. Horses have more unique color patterns and markings that I'd realized.
2. Even if a horse doesn't have 'markings', it still has many subtle color variations in its face
3. People have more hair colors than I'd imagined, many of which do not occur in nature.
4. Mules are horses, too :)

I'd love the opportunity to personalize a profile cartoon for the other several billion of you who have yet to request one.

How to do it:
1. Send $10* to paypal account [email protected]

2. send an email to [email protected] telling me your hair color and style. Attach a close up photo your horse's head in pretty much the same position as the examples here so I can see markings clearly. I'll try to honor any other special requests you might have, within reason.

3. Sit back and wait like a kid at Christmas for both a high resolution and web resolution personalized image to be delivered to your email address (allow about 5-7 days due to current volume of requests).

Hey, it's only 112 days until Christmas! May as well knock a few gifts out early.....

PLEASE NOTE: PERSONALIZATION INCLUDES HAIR COLOR/STYLE ON PERSON (CAN ALSO ADD GLASSES IF YOU WEAR THEM), AND MARKINGS ON HORSE. I can also change the forelock (make it longer/bushier or shorter/sparser) and horse's eye expression. Should he be happy? Grumpy? Rolling his eyes at you for hugging him AGAIN? Have his/her eyes closed in serenity?

* People have told me "wow, you're not charging enough for these!"
They're right. I'm not. So if you wanna add a few bucks to support your local artist and attract some good karma, I won't holler.

Take a look at the attached photos for inspiration!

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09/02/2019

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American Association of Equine Practitioners
08/30/2019

American Association of Equine Practitioners

PREPARATION IS KEY TO ENSURING YOU AND YOUR HORSES SAFELY RIDE OUT A CRISIS SITUATION.

As Hurricane Dorian takes aim at Florida, please remember that a lot of vital emergency and disaster preparedness information is available to you on the AAEP's website at https://aaep.org/horse-owners/owner-guidelines/owner-emergency-disaster-and-preparedness
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#aaep #horsedocs #equinevets #veterinarymedicine #disasterpreparedness #hurricanedorian #dorian #beprepared

The Osteopathic Vet
08/10/2019

The Osteopathic Vet

A TOO COMMON SIGHT.......
Could this be creating many of the hock and suspensory issues in your horses???

This is something that I see time and time again. It is all too common to the point that people seem to consider it normal.
It is COMMON but NOT CORRECT!!!

The lumbar-sacral region and hind limb of this grey horse typifies this chronic, unbalanced/strained shape.
The images show:
1) a raised (flexed) first few lumbars
2) a dipping (extended) last few lumbars and dropping (ventral) sacrum
3) a decrease in quadriceps and gluteal muscles
4) an increase in tone and size of hamstrings

There are a lot of reasons for this shape and we may well discuss it in greater depth another time but it can include:
β–ͺ︎ Local issues ie diaphragm tension, hind gut problems, ovarian/castration issues, conformation problems, injuries, repetitive strain from incorrect work etc
β–ͺ︎ Distant issues ie poll tension, neck injuries, dental balance etc
β–ͺ︎ External issues ie saddle fit, bit and bridle fit, farriery/trimming etc.

The main point of this post was to highlight how incorrect balance of the muscles of the hindlimbs put an abnormal strain on the joints further down the limb (including stifles but mainly hocks, fetlocks and coffins).

β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†It is important to remember that muscles stop above the hock.β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜† Therefore travelling over and attaching to the hock and joints below are tendons from the muscles higher up the leg. So, incorrect balance of hindlimb muscles at the top of the leg can create incorrect/imbalanced strain on these lower joints such as hocks and therefore also including the suspensory apparatus. Just like long puppet strings.
So not having a good, balanced, peachy butt will mean that there is not an equal pull on the tendons (puppet strings) and so it creates abnormal limb strain.
Over time this will likely lead to joint and soft tissue (ligament and tendon) problems such as arthritis and desmitis.
Therefore...should we not be concentrating on balancing the body to reduced abnormal strain rather than operating on a tendon or racing to medicate a joint that could be secondary to an issue elsewhere (ie higher up the leg/pelvis etc)???!!!

Food for thought.......

Yes!
08/01/2019

Yes!

This!
06/16/2019

This!

This is great advice!

Therapeutic Sports Massage makes a difference
05/16/2019

Therapeutic Sports Massage makes a difference

A message sent to an Equissage graduate from one of her clients! We love to see all the success that can come with massage therapy πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Worked on this sweet boy today. He said "yaaaawwn." I said, my pleasure. 😊
04/13/2019

Worked on this sweet boy today. He said "yaaaawwn." I said, my pleasure. 😊

Went to check out this guy today and did a little bodywork on him.  It's fun to get a Thoroughbred to relax and release....
03/01/2019

Went to check out this guy today and did a little bodywork on him. It's fun to get a Thoroughbred to relax and release. I love the donkey ears. πŸ˜ƒ

Yes I do.
02/28/2019

Yes I do.

Bryony Burt Equine Osteopath
02/17/2019

Bryony Burt Equine Osteopath

A simple graphic to help illustrate how something as simple as under run heels (as well as low or long, or overdue feet) can affect a horses comfort far removed from his feet and significantly effect performance due to bodily compensations.

Always think big picture with horses, little imbalances and mild discomforts can cause far reaching implications on health, comfort and performance.

#lovehorses #wholehorse #healthyhorse #horsebalance #osteopathyworks

Symmetry Equine Bodywork's cover photo
02/15/2019

Symmetry Equine Bodywork's cover photo

a good article on learning to recognize subtle signs of pain in your horse
01/23/2019
Can you recognise the subtle signs of pain?

a good article on learning to recognize subtle signs of pain in your horse

Horses are stoic and do their best to mask pain, here's a list of tell-tale signs you can watch out for.

Don't immediately assume disobedience. Horses are wired to mask their pain, so do some investigation. Horses are noble a...
01/13/2019
Holistic Horse Magazine

Don't immediately assume disobedience. Horses are wired to mask their pain, so do some investigation. Horses are noble and honest animals, always give your horse the benefit of the doubt.

This issue is presented regularly to most horse trainers/riders.
From my experience I find that a percentage of negative behaviour from horses has a physiological cause too often emanating from pain.
I do not discount the behavioural component but this can be simply a result of inadequate training of the horse and/or rider and much tail chasing can be involved by the owner.
It's definitely a balancing act πŸ™‚

01/04/2019
Nature | PBS

Don't miss this! 🐴

Discover how horses and humans have forged a special bond over thousands of years.

Yup 😁
11/04/2018

Yup 😁

08/29/2018

Hey, y'all. I just watched an uplifting and educational documentary, free on Amazon Prime, called Life, Adjusted. It chronicles chiropractor Dr. Jay Komarek's work with an unspeakably abused mare named Dizzy with truly amazing results. Therapeutic sports massage integrates beautifully with chiropractic to restore balance and optimize potential. There's nothing more rewarding than watching tension and fear drain from a horse who was previously vigilant and frightened. Check out Life, Adjusted. πŸ™‚

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Happy birthday, Big Red. There will never be another like you
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Now, that's cool.
There will never be another Big Red. ❀
Very important information here, how to help your horse balance