What's the difference?

What is the difference between this and other massage work?

Jane Penfold is a qualified equine massage therapist who now concentrates her work on The Masterson Method® because she found her own and her friends’ horses were so amazingly responsive to it. The Masterson Method® is an innovative form of equine massage that allows the horse to release deep, accumulated pain and tension in muscles and connective tissue, particularly in key junctions of the horse's body that most affect performance.

This is a non-invasive method of bodywork which enables the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension. The practitioner follows the horse’s very subtle responses to the work to find the areas where the horse is holding most tension, and works on those areas whilst staying under the horse’s ‘brace response’. It may look as if less is going on than in a ‘traditional’ massage session, until the horse starts to release and show his appreciation, and this can sometimes be quite dramatic! 


Why might my horse need this?


Horses are not designed to be ridden, and no horse is completely symmetrical. This means that however much we try to help improve our riding and management methods, all horses are prone to negative tension which can adversely affect both performance and behaviour.  Regular bodywork can be a useful addition to the management regime of both leisure and performance horses. The horses' responses speak for themselves, but the real proof of its efficacy is the improvement seen by their owners and riders after a session (see our ‘Testimonials’ page).


Jane's background and training in classical dressage means that she can also offer advice on an ongoing programme of work for your horse to help keep him or her supple and comfortable in his work. 


(Jane is a Certified Practitioner of the Masterson Method®.)