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Kerry Egelstad Equine Wellness

Kerry Egelstad Equine Wellness Assessing areas of weakness, imbalance, and tension to improve fitness, training, and injury prevention
Balancing diets to achieve ideal health from the inside, out
Educating owners for hightened levels of maintenance

Operating as usual

06/12/2022
Backing Up

Backing Up is a wonderful multi-purpose exercise for both physical wellness and gaining respect on the ground.

The goal is to keep your horse's neck level, head vertical, picking up (not dragging) each foot, and maintaining a straight line. Practice makes perfect! Don't rush, and give your horse grace. Imperfections are just showing you where your horse is lacking in strength. This will help engage the core and stretch the hamstrings and flexor tendons.

For training purposes, backing up helps establish respect. Horses respect the one that makes their feet move. Submissive horses are the ones that are moving their feet. In a herd setting, the dominant one stands their ground and pushes the others around. Humans must be the leader for a happy and safe horse-owner relationship. Back your horse through gates, into grooming areas, and when putting them in their stalls. Get creative! Instead of mindlessly leading them forward, where can you ask your horse to back up instead?

Here is a video of Jake & Dollar practicing their backing. There are some areas that need improvement, but we all start somewhere!

How will you be incorporating this into your daily routine?

It's like this article was written for me! You know who to get ahold of ;)
05/28/2022
Pressure, Please - Barrel Horse News

It's like this article was written for me! You know who to get ahold of ;)

Unfamiliar with acupressure? Learn to relax your horse’s muscles and help maintain his spinal alignment with some pressure pointers from equine therapist Bill Hackett.

More Impact Gel product coming your way soon! Photos courtesy of JMarie Photography and PNW SPEED
05/22/2022

More Impact Gel product coming your way soon!
Photos courtesy of JMarie Photography and PNW SPEED

I love seeing the changes in a horse's body, even during just 1 session! This old mare has a lot to work through and ten...
05/18/2022

I love seeing the changes in a horse's body, even during just 1 session! This old mare has a lot to work through and tends to get a tight back. Unfortunately I didn't catch it on video- she also yawned 9 times in a row while getting her TMJ released with a big sigh of relief afterwards!

I couldn't have said it better myself!I don't want to be just a bodyworker, or just a trainer. I want to do it all! I wa...
05/13/2022

I couldn't have said it better myself!
I don't want to be just a bodyworker, or just a trainer. I want to do it all! I want to be a mentor that people can trust to have honest discussions with about their horse's life as a whole. This is why I call myself "Equine Wellness" instead of "Bodyworks" because everything functions and works together- bodywork, training, showing, hoof care, diet, tack fit, ... - it ALL has to work together for the overall wellbeing of the horse.

There is a direct correlation between horsemanship, training and bodywork.

These should be symbiotic in my opinion. However that is not always the case.

The physiological response of the horse’s body is direct feedback of how they are worked, ridden and trained. When the horse retains recurring tensional patterns, injuries, triggers, anxieties - this is an internal mirror of external stimuli.

When you have horses being contorted into training aids, not focusing on building the right muscle groups, ridden too long or too often, poor tack, harsh bits, behind the vertical disengaged, being pushed too far too fast, an inadequate feeding regiment, improper hoof care etc. etc. these horses need more maintenance than just a bodywork session, a chiro or some injections. They need a fundamental change. A restructuring of their entire regiment. Unfortunately a lot of people aren’t willing to make those changes bc it may cost them a win or time out of the saddle. Their horse is going so well right now they don’t want to change anything, or medal finals is right around the corner.

Do these riders love their horses? I’m sure that they do. But that doesn’t change the fact that ultimately they are not making the most humane decision for them. I encourage you to take a step back and assess what your program looks like for your horse. Not just in the sense of, are you getting bodywork/maintenance done for them but also: Are they getting adequate rest? Does their tack fit? Are they being ridden in a humane way? Have you figured out why they are spooking or bucking? Are you actually addressing structural problems, or just covering them up? Are you putting the horse first or are you putting your agenda first?

These are the questions that we need to be asking ourselves. Until then it’s not about the horse.. not really, it’s about the human.
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#horses #horsegirl #equestrian

🌧️ Rain, Rain, Go Away! 🌧️Fitness routines can be difficult to achieve without access to a covered arena, but not imposs...
05/12/2022

🌧️ Rain, Rain, Go Away! 🌧️

Fitness routines can be difficult to achieve without access to a covered arena, but not impossible! You can still stretch & flex your horse within the confines of a stall or shelter. Stretching & flexing is essentially the same as yoga or pilates. Not every workout has to include cardio!

While we pray for sunny days in our near future, I can help you create a routine to do with your horses, which are beneficial at all times but especially during these wet days!

☀️$50 fitness lesson (assessment/ evaluation, lesson, & homework)

☀️$125 bodywork (includes the above & kinesiology taping)

05/09/2022
Mirror

That mirror finish though 😍
#mirrorfinish #trailswest #johndeere

I don't have a magic wand, but I do have a lot of tricks and tools to make your trailer look this good 😎

Message me to get your horses & trailers on my schedule!

It felt like Christmas when I got to open my new order of kinesiology tape! Kinesiology Taping is relatively new to the ...
05/05/2022

It felt like Christmas when I got to open my new order of kinesiology tape! Kinesiology Taping is relatively new to the equine world, do you know about it's benefits?

🌟 Creates decompression between tissues
🌟Increases circulation
🌟Assists the lymphatic system
🌟Decreases swelling
🌟Improves proprioception for better body awareness & muscle engagement

Kinesiology tape speaks to the horse's nervous system to enact all of these benefits! It can be used for injury healing, relaxation, as a training tool, or to improve performance. Taping is a great modality on its own, but it pairs exceptionally well with other services!

Message me to learn more about how I can help your horse feel their best!

Update: My schedule is filled for trailer washing for the week of May 8-14! I have one more spot available next week for...
05/03/2022

Update: My schedule is filled for trailer washing for the week of May 8-14!

I have one more spot available next week for trailer washing- it's supposed to be nice out! Message or text me 425-971-7499

JMarie Photography did this photoshoot, and she also shot my wedding last year. Send her a message to schedule your wedd...
05/01/2022

JMarie Photography did this photoshoot, and she also shot my wedding last year. Send her a message to schedule your wedding, family, or lifestyle photos with her!

I love my job! It's nights like these where I meet new people & have great conversation, that I'm so grateful I finally ...
04/30/2022

I love my job! It's nights like these where I meet new people & have great conversation, that I'm so grateful I finally dove in headfirst to pursuing this career and having fulfilling work.

This Kinesiology Taping application will help reduce swelling and any associated pain. The tape speaks to the nervous system and helps the body become more aware of itself for increased healing by promoting circulation, decompression between the tissues, improving lymphatic flow, which all contributes to pain relief.

I've really enjoyed expanding my own knowlege and also empowering owners to be the best stewards of their animals by teaching them gait patterns to look for, finding muscle soreness, and how to address it before it turns into a perceived poor attitude/ work ethic or becomes an injury.

My services cover basic maintenance, performance maintenance, injury prevention, fitness & conditioning, rehab, addressing emotional trauma, and so much more. Not only do I want to make your horse feel its best, I want owners to feel like they've learned how to better take care of their horses inbetween sessions too.

Late posting, but my trip to MT was wonderful as always 🥰  Snika Ranch is my happy place no matter if it's in Snohomish ...
04/26/2022

Late posting, but my trip to MT was wonderful as always 🥰 Snika Ranch is my happy place no matter if it's in Snohomish or the Bitterroot Valley because this is my chosen family here!

I got to (finally) put my first ride on the stallion Slick Justice ! I barely missed watching his birth 3 years ago, and I also barely missed his dam's birth 10 years ago too. I got to put the first ride on his dam Slick Agent Tiki and have competed on her throughout the years, so it was really special to finally get to ride her colt!

I also got to work on some other very special Snika Ranch horses that have been running hard this last year- earning national & state champion titles, breaking records, & achieving several other accomplishments!

I'm planning on making more trips over there this summer, so if you're along my route to MT, I'd love to get your horses feeling their best during the summer rodeo, race, & show season!

Who says you have to have an arena to work your horse? Make do with what you have! Even some of the top barrel racers in...
04/25/2022

Who says you have to have an arena to work your horse? Make do with what you have! Even some of the top barrel racers in the nation don't have an arena! Whether it's a roundpen, cow field, barn aisleway, or your backyard, there are major benefits to working outside of an arena. I've always heard that the larger the space, the larger your horse's ability to think becomes. There's also the benefit of irregular terrain which will help with your horse's proprioception of placing their feet & working muscles they don't typically use when in a perfectly groomed, flat surface. Smaller spaces make us think outside the box & get creative with exercises we can do with our horses.
Where will I find you riding at? Share in the comments to help inspire others!

With bodywork sessions, a trip to MT, and even a photoshoot modeling for Impact Gel , this last month has been crazy bus...
04/22/2022

With bodywork sessions, a trip to MT, and even a photoshoot modeling for Impact Gel , this last month has been crazy busy! Thank you to all my clients that have been patient with me as I get you all on the schedule!

With that being said, if you are interested in my services, it's best to message me asap to make sure I can see your horse sooner than later. I'm already scheduling into May! Let's get your horses feeling their best before & after races/shows and during their regular training & workouts.

Bodywork (includes a free taping) $125
Kinesiology Taping $35
Fitness & Conditioning Lesson $50
Diet Analysis $50
Trailer Wash $10/ ft length

True collection is not about a headset, it's about the core & back lifting! If you want help getting your horse to achie...
04/21/2022

True collection is not about a headset, it's about the core & back lifting!

If you want help getting your horse to achieve true collection, message me! A strong core & topline is a strong & balanced horse.

As with any therapy, either the horse loves it or they don't. I knew this application would go one of two ways- either s...
04/07/2022

As with any therapy, either the horse loves it or they don't. I knew this application would go one of two ways- either she would absolutely hate it and want to crawl out of her skin, or she would relax into it.

I'm happy to say she actually gave some releases during & after this poll application 🎉

In the middle of a session I'll see a massive change that I want to document and I kick myself for forgetting to take a ...
04/06/2022

In the middle of a session I'll see a massive change that I want to document and I kick myself for forgetting to take a "before" photo! So enjoy this "after" photo of this mare's topline softening and relaxing. When I started, her spine was raised with tense muscles surrounding it.

I love my job of helping horses feel their best and empowering owners with new knowledge of how to maintain their horses! Who doesn't love reducing vet bills, improve their training, and keeping their horses happy?!

The 2022 season has already begun, let's make sure your horse's wellness is on track for a great year!

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04/02/2022

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“Once we’ve had an argument, she works really well!”… “We just need to have a big disagreement before he understands what I want, and then we’re fine!”

Ah… okay… and how often does this happen?

“Every time I ride, now I come to think of it… but it’s just how he/she is, they’ve always needed to know who’s boss right from the start”

Spoiler alert 🚨 - this isn’t normal. This is learned helplessness. This is where a horse is struggling to do what we’re asking of them due to a mental or physical pain, but because we ignore them saying “I can’t” they push themselves to try and do the task anyway. They might rush, go very slowly, stop, put their head up in the air… essentially do as best as they can with any evasion they can implement to make it easier for them.

Let’s not normalise having an argument with our horses to make them cave in and do what we want them to do. I’ll sound a bit brutal here, but it really doesn’t make you a strong or brave rider, it makes you a bully.

For clarification, there is a difference between having an argument with a horse that’s physically struggling and providing guidance to a horse that is trying to process the command mentally. Horses in physical discomfort are not able to process as well as a horse in peak physical health. Imagine someone asking you to run an assault course with a bad back whilst they keep shouting at you to keep going and try harder. Firstly, you’ll learn nothing about how to execute the assault course in a way that’s efficient and effective for your body. And secondly, you’re never going to want to do that again! When you’re guiding and educating a horse, you are not using artificial aids with brute force.

Sometimes our horses will find something difficult, and it is our responsibility to ascertain whether it’s a physical and/or mental struggle and react to the situation accordingly. When clients send me photos and videos of their horses to me “just to check they’re doing everything right”, it makes me SO happy because it means they’re invested in the rehabilitation from the horses perspective.

The next time your horse says “no”, just rule out pain and discomfort first.

Rant and analogy over 😁

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