I created 16 HANDS LLC Integrated Equine Bodywork with the intention of offering a holistic approach to pain-free performance for the horse. Trained in several non-invasive techniques, they each help to identify imbalances or restrictions that can affect mobility, comfort, attitude, training and performance. Equine bodywork positively impacts the overall health and performance of your horse by supporting the horse's own internal systems.
EQUINE OSTEOPATHY is the specific application of the principles and standards developed in human osteopathy, adapted and modified to the special structural and fascial needs of the equine. It is the art of assessing self-correction on the part of the horse through manual access and stimulation of the whole system, to mount it’s defense and draw from it’s own reserves, calling forth a self-corrective re-harmonizing response to find health and balance within the concept of function and structure, based on the scientific knowledge of the behavior of the anatomic and physiologic systems.
CRANIAL SACRAL OSTEOPATHY specifically targets the brain, spinal cord and cerebospinal fluid, commonly referred to as the Central Nervous System. If you have a head-shaker, weaver, cribber, or a horse that has had ANY head trauma (trailering, flipping, falling) your horse can benefit from this therapy.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE is a gentle sustained pressure into the connective tissue restrictions which cause pain and restrict movement. Targets the flow within the fascia enabling it to return to normal functioning.
EQUI-TAPING increases oxygen supply and circulation, reduces inflammation, fatigue and recovery time, and supports joints, tendons and ligaments, encouraging full range of motion.
MASTERSON METHOD™ is an interactive method in which you learn to recognize and use the responses of the horse to your touch to find and release tension.
MASSAGE increases blood and lymph circulation, and relaxes the superficial layer of soft tissue which releases nerves and deeper connective tissue.
For optimum performance and general wellness in your horse equine bodywork should always accompany regular veterinary care, balanced nutrition, proper training, properly fitted equipment, and regular dental and hoof care visits from a qualified practitioner.
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Green Acres Horsemanship, 16 Hands Equine, and Paashaus Performance Horses are excited to announce our first segment in a series focused on the wholistic approach to equine wellness.
We'll be bringing you front row access to the best farriers, veterinarians, saddle fitters, dentists, body workers and trainers in the industry.
Look for the release of our first video coming soon!