Categories
Somatics (Horse + Rider)

3 Somatic Exercises for Hoof Care Practitioners

Hoof trimmers, farriers and riders alike all experience tension, soreness and fatigue in our hands, wrists and forearms… and this significantly limits our ability to work with as many horses as we would like on a daily basis. In this article, I’m going to teach you how to begin unwinding the tension that is responsible […]

Categories
Somatics (Horse + Rider)

Relax your Horses Back & Ribs with this Hands-on Exercise

Supple your horses back and relax his whole rib cage before you ever get on to ride with this simple exercise. Kinetic Mirroring is one of the three techniques we use in Equine Hanna Somatics® (EHS). Kinetic Mirroring is easy to do, works with natural reflexes, and is gentle enough for all ages and fitness […]

Categories
Somatics (Horse + Rider)

How to Get your Heels Down & Legs Relaxed

You know it’s important to keep your heels down when you ride a horse. Did you know that rather than ‘pushing’ your heels down, you can allow your heels to get lower by learning relaxing your calf muscles? Rather than stretching your calves, you can learn to passively lengthen them! Below, I’ll teach you how […]

Categories
Somatics (Horse + Rider)

The Best Psoas Muscle Stretch is actually Pandiculation

You have heard that tight hips, sore groin and low back pain are often related to tension in the large hip flexors (aka the psoas muscles). BUT what you may not know is that the best psoas muscle “stretch” for equestrians is actually a Somatic Movement called Pandiculation! In this article I’m going to teach […]

Categories
Somatics (Horse + Rider)

How to Help an Old Dog whose Back Legs are Collapsing

I want to share the incredible transformation of Ned, the teacup Yorkie. An older dog whose back legs were collapsing, Ned was so weak that he couldn’t even cross a doorway with a raised threshold. After just one Canine Hanna Somatics® session, he started a remarkable recovery process that had his owner in shock and […]

Categories
Somatics (Horse + Rider)

Help a Foundered Horse with Equine Hanna Somatics®

Don’t panic! Laminitis and Founder are terrifying, I know, but there is hope, and you can help your foundered horse. In this article I’m going to focus on understanding pedal bone rotation and how you can help your horse using a non-invasive method called Equine Hanna Somatics®. When a horse has laminitis, the velcro-like tissue […]

Categories
Somatics (Horse + Rider)

An Introduction to Equine Hanna Somatics

Get hands-on to help your horse re-calibrate his or her resting posture and relaxation levels. Equine Hanna Somatics® (EHS) is a proven method of movement-education that targets the part of a horse’s brain that controls the muscles of movement. EHS is gentle enough for every horse at any age or stage of athletic development. EHS […]