Bodywork: Preparation

A typical full session including Masterson Method® work on your horse will take around 1.5 to 2 hours the first time, and 1-1.5 hours thereafter, although there are no hard and fast rules as this method depends very much on following the horse's responses.   (Some sessions will be shorter e.g. a pre-competition mobility session or follow-up work focussing on a particular problem.)

 

The horse should be clean and dry – but no shiny coat products or hoof oil please! He or she should be in a dry sheltered stable or barn with good footing and wearing a well-fitting (generous rather than tight) headcollar with a rope, and somewhere to tie up should it be necessary. No food should be available as eating interferes with reading the horse's responses – if the session is a long one I normally give the horse a short break during which s/he can nibble a haynet.

 

If you have straw bedding it’s better to sweep it back – although if the floor is stone or slippery do leave some for footing. If the ceiling is particularly low I may ask to work on the horse outside or somewhere with a higher ceiling.

 

Ideally the session should take place when the yard is quiet and the horse is unlikely to face too many distractions, such as other horses going past, or feed being prepared!

 

Your horse may be quite 'zonked' after a full session. I will advise you on aftercare, which will usually involve a couple of easy days, preferably just being turned out. For this reason also, horses are best treated in their home environment as travelling involves the horse bracing to balance, and could undo a lot of the benefit of the session.

 

 

For horses that need to be worked, competed or travelled shortly after a session I can use different techniques. Please let me know when you are booking.