Equine Articles

Stiff, Resistant Horse? Learn How the Feldenkrais Method can Improve Your Horse’s Performance

Posted on July 14, 2012

“I can’t understand why my horse is stiff.  I exercise and stretch her every day.”   These words were spoken by Ellen*, whose Hanoverian mare was having trouble bending. Turning to the right was the most difficult, and the mare had become resistant and grouchy when asked to bend. The veterinarian ruled out a medical problem, Continue Reading »

An Arthritic Appaloosa Gets a New Lease on Life

Posted on July 1, 2012

Rocky*, a 29 year-old black Appaloosa gelding, had been Denise’s horse since he was just 11 months old and she was a 17 year-old teenager. They had grown up together and were deeply bonded. As they were out trail riding one day, Rocky got hung up in hidden wire and took a nasty fall.  Denise Continue Reading »

Think Outside the Stall

Posted on April 4, 2012

The chestnut horse’s life changed so drastically, so wonderfully, that having the ability to pick up both leads easily is hardly worth mentioning. Except that the story starts with a problem at the canter. And an upcoming horse show.  A big one.   I was teaching a two-week Debono Moves Equine Workshop at a large, picturesque Continue Reading »

If You Know What to Do with This, Your Horse Will Love to be Saddled!

Posted on February 9, 2012

Author’s note:  This post has been expanded and updated in a new post. Please read Girthy Horse? Simple Steps to Make Saddling a Pleasure.    Does your horse pin his ears when you tighten the girth even though you’ve had your saddle custom-fitted? Does your mare get grumpy, swish her tail or threaten to kick Continue Reading »

Part Two: Improve Horse’s Bending with the SENSE Method

Posted on August 21, 2011

In my previous post, I wrote about Jill*, a rider who unknowingly sat with more weight on the left side of her pelvis.  Jill’s unbalanced seat made bending difficult for her horse and caused both horse and rider to have sore, stiff backs. I led Jill through a Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lesson that helped Continue Reading »

Sweet Pea Finally Heals Her Suspensory Ligament Injury

Posted on July 31, 2011

  The chestnut horse stood before me, her long mane gracing her arched neck. I watched as the veterinarian and the horse’s person looked at an x-ray of the mare’s left front lower leg, which showed a clearly defined suspensory ligament. The vet explained to the woman that the horse would not be able to Continue Reading »

SENSE Method Helps Filly Overcome a Club Foot

Posted on July 28, 2011

Paul* had great expectations for his part-Friesian filly, Gemma*. She was the daughter of his beloved mare and he had lovingly cared for the foal since her birth on his ranch. He had dreams of Gemma becoming an powerful sport horse. As time went on, though, Paul became concerned about how Gemma was developing. At Continue Reading »

Helping the Cinchy Horse

Posted on May 4, 2011

Q: “My 11-year-old gelding, Troy, doesn’t like to be girthed. In fact, he pins his ears and bites the air as I cinch him up, even though I do it slowly. Since his recent vet exam found him sound and healthy and his saddle fits well, my friends have been telling me it’s a just Continue Reading »

Help Your Horse Round His Back

Posted on May 4, 2011

Author’s note:  for much more detail and illustrations about helping your horse round his back, please read The Secret to Rounding Your Horse’s Back.  The SENSE Method is now referred to as “Debono Moves.” Q: “My 16-year-old gelding is starting to develop a swayback. He’s also very stiff when I try to bend him on Continue Reading »

How Debono Moves Helped A Horse with Hock Problems

Posted on May 4, 2011

The eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood lumbered out of his stall. “See how stiff he is!”, exclaimed Kim, his owner and rider. The gelding, George, did appear reluctant to move. He also rope walked, his hind legs crossing the midline with each step. George received the best of care. He was examined regularly by his veterinarian, who Continue Reading »

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