Many times the perfect ride is illusive and we struggle to find it. We feel something is not right, the rhythm is off, the gaits are restricted, lateral flexion and lead changes are not symmetrical, or the horse just doesnt have the required energy to do the job. Rather than relate it to laziness, poor work ethic or just having an off day for the third day in a row, perhaps we can begin to give the horse the benefit of the doubt by seeking reasons for reluctance within the physical structure itself.
Stress related injuries, traumas, poor fitting tack, uneven feet and unbalanced riding can induce pain and resistance which prevents horses from performing to their highest ability. Skillful massage and bodywork will help isolate and help injuries to heal and return stressed tissues to their proper position. Equine massage and bodywork will promote relaxation of the muscles to effectively change inefficient and painful movement patterns and habits. Through relaxation the horse will become softer, more agile, responsive and willing to work as a partner to the rider. When a horse is feeling his best, his heart, soul and spirit is expressed through joyful movement.