The Horse is a complex piece of precision engineering. It is intricate, delicate, powerful and vulnerable.
Those of us who ride, whatever the discipline, may find it hard to believe that
GOD DID NOT MAKE THE HORSE FOR US TO SIT ON!
A well schooled horse will carry his rider with dignity and pride. When things go wrong, they will tell us.
We owe it to them to listen.
Equine Touch is a gentle, effective muscle release system for horses. Developed from The Bowen
Technique by Jock and Ivana Ruddock, ET is now a modality in its own right.
The ET practitioner uses small moves with finger and thumb over specific points of the horse, releasing
pulses of energy which encourage the horse to relax and release pain and tension in the muscles. Each
series of moves is interspersed by a short waiting period, to allow the horse to process the moves.
This has a ripple effect; as the muscles relax, tension on the skeletal system releases and allows the bones
and joints to return to normal which in turn can release pressure on the internal organs. As the body
re-balances, the horse no longer feels the need to protect himself, and owners have been known to ask if
a previously irritable character has had a personality transplant!
Every horse can benefit from Equine Touch, however it is often called upon when performance declines or
the horse exhibits discomfort where there was none previously.
A "cold backed" horse is a horse with a sore back, who finds his saddle or rider causing pain or discomfort.
ET and practical advice on saddle fitting or rider balance can help greatly.
Refusing jumps, or inability to perform well in dressage may be down to minor pains and aches which will
quickly respond to the Basic Body Balance, while deeper issues can be addressed with more specific moves,
after initial assessment.
Generally, the most serious problems will be resolved in three sessions, 7 - 14 days apart. In some cases
it may be advisable to follow this up every 6 - 12 weeks to prevent recurrances. If re-injury occurrs
repeatedly, it may be advisable to assess the functionality of the feet, as many structural and
conformational issues begin at ground level.
Lesley Harvey BHSAI was the first person in Northern Ireland to qualify as an Equine Touch Practitioner
and trainer, having been course organiser for three ET courses run by Jock and Ivana Ruddock here in the
Northern Ireland. She has been practicing since 2001, having first qualified as a human Bowen Practitioner
in 1999. She is experienced in all aspects of horsemanship including saddle fitting and hoof
assessment, and is also a Reiki Master and Theta DNA Healer.