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Equine Touch
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Equine Touch

What is The Equine Touch™?

Equine Touch is a non-diagnostic, non-invasive, manual bodywork modality involving the performance of a series of unique, gentle, vibrational moves over the entire horse. Fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments are manipulated in such a way that the tissue is stimulated as it were by the focused movements which the Equine Touch practitioner performs at certain points on the equine body, such as acupuncture and trigger points, and those muscles which are responsible for heavy work. Before a session begins, the entire body is touched in order to obtain an initial impression. Are there any hot or cold spots, how do the muscles feel and does the horse reveal that it is experiencing pain or discomfort? After this "introduction" a "body balance" is carried out to enable the practitioner to obtain even more information through their hands and from the horse itself. Following this, a decision is then made whether or not to address any specific areas of concern. Consequently, the horse's response is very important to us. Equine Touch may be viewed as a gift to the horse and collaboration with our equine friend is crucial in this respect. The effect is not only physical but may also be revealed through a change in the energy balance, in some cases in the form of deep relaxation, which horses experience during and after an Equine Touch session.

What can Equine Touch help with?

improving the horse's general well-being before and/or after a visit from the dentist, farrier or hoof trimmer the improvement of circulation, for example, lymph drainage reducing any pain spiral improving balance reducing stress stiff muscles facilitating recovery from illness nervousness or aggression relaxation after exertion

Is Equine Touch suitable for every


Whether your horse is young or old, in work or retired, in principle every horse can benefit from Equine Touch. However, in some cases we may ask you to contact your vet first, for example, if your horse: is afflicted with a chronic ailment (for example, liver issues) has been injured or is recovering from a serious illness.