I am a Level 3 Equine Touch student working towards becoming a Practitioner. I first became interested in Equine Touch following a demonstration at Your Horse Live in 2009, and in 2011 finally got the chance to study the Level 1 course. Since then I have been absolutely hooked on ET. The effect it has on horses is amazing, inducing a deep state of relaxation to essentially allow the horse to heal itself. And the best bit is that it is so easy to learn; it's just a very simple but specific move, on the soft tissues and in a set pattern over the body of the horse. It is an holistic horse address, meaning the whole horse is given a body balance and then I place additional moves on any areas of concern, rather than just addressing any one particular area. My horses adore their Equine Touch sessions and I find they often point me towards any areas where they feel they need a bit more attention.
I first got in touch with Becci after seeing the video she posted on Facebook of her riding My Harlequin Lady cross country. Lady slipped and fell after a jump and I offered to give her some Equine Touch to help address any soreness she may have following this. I was surprised to find Lady only had one small area of tension, which may have been caused by the slip, and not more. She had beautiful muscle tone though. Lady likes to be the centre of attention, at all times and has a couple of tricks to make sure she gets that attention, bless her. One of them is to paw at the floor, and another is to snatch her foot out of my hand as I'm holding it. Now, after a couple of sessions Lady was showing how much she loved having moves placed over her withers and would demand I carry out the same moves over and over again, before settling for a few moments to process it all. On the most recent sessions, Lady has allowed me to lift and hold her foot by balancing her toe on my fingertips for over a minute without taking it back. She has even offered to pick it up for me before being asked. This is very much a breakthrough!
I also offered to ET Becci's other horse, Candy Blue. She is a very different horse, preferring to be her own person. When I first got my hands on her she was quite tense through her neck and had very twitchy withers, something Becci has to deal with when plaiting her up. Candy was also quite ear shy although not rude about it. On just the third session the twitching in her withers had stopped completely when I ET'd her, and also she never flinched as I put my hands to her poll area. I was so pleased this lovely mare was getting such a huge benefit from the bodywork.
It's a wonderful feeling to be able to recognise a horse's sore area or tight muscle, and to be able to make a huge difference to them, in such a short space of time, and with such a simple pattern of moves. Coming from a very traditional riding school background, I was very unaware of different types of bodywork and alternatives to allopathic medicine, but Equine Touch has really opened my eyes.
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