What are the clinics about?
At Equinerehab and Therapy we have developed a range of clinics and incorporated a host of clinicians that take a holistic approach to healing. Our clinics are grounded in the science of bio-mechanics, anatomy and physiology AND the art of feel and intuition. We feel it's extremely important that both these realms be addressed for the horses' benefit. Our clinics start with anatomy, gait and the bio-mechanics of correct movement. We include the overall theories of how a horse should move and use himself to prevent injury, why we use certain manual therapies, what the structure is like that we are trying to affect and how to tune our bodies to feel what works.
Therapists or owners can use the different manual techniques we teach to affect changes in their horses. The range of techniques we use include body reading, movement evaluation, Kinesiotaping, specific proprioceptive training movements and how to set up and use our pro-move training courses to develop the horses balance and coordination and the riders feedback skills. But, in addition to the horses physical structure we bring in experts concerning using essential oils, flower essences and energetic techniques to also affect the deeper more subtle aspects of their being.
We also teach the use of body language to clarify our communication and intention and start the healing dialog with the horse. For the horse(wo)man who wants to take their own movement and energetic components further, we offer qigong training in a unique form of qigong: Flowing Horse qigong. We believe that you cannot separate the physical movement of the horse and how they feel about how and what they are asked to do without incurring consequences, either physical or behavioral. How we approach the horse, how we ask and what we do are all equally important aspects of the healing process. We also provide an extensive reading list for our students wanting to pursue specific ideas more deeply.
Types of Clinics (Check our Calendar for all scheduled clinics)
One Day Lighthorse Clinics
Equine Body Assessment - $95.00
This is for the horse owner who wants to know about what is sore and where does it come from. All horses present a story or history in their body and it's relationship to gravity. The first impression allows us to see the horse as an individual and be able to create the best approach to a unique set of behaviors or movements. We present body reading, gait analysis, anatomy and physical palpation to create a full picture of what is happening with your horse.
Hands on Techniques for the Horse Owner - $95.00
This clinic takes the body assessment a step further. We give you simple and easy tools to help relieve pain or restore motion in your horse. Primarily intended as a “first aid kit” for when you unload your horse at a show or test and they are not moving right.
Introduction to Lymphatic Massage - $95.00
For horses with chronic lymphodema or recurring ‘stocking up’ there are massage techniques that can provide tremendous relief. We present the lymphatic channels and pumps, the proper sequence of movements and strokes for the therapist.
Lymphatic Massage – Day 2 - $95.00 plus $15.00 materials fee
Applying Kinesiotape to promote lymphatic drainage, this builds on what we learned in the lymphatic massage module. Kinesiotape is a product developed by a human doctor to help the body facilitate lymph drainage. It is a non-invasive, gentle technique to promote drainage 24/7. And is a huge help for horses with potentially serious lymphatic issues.
2 Day Horse and Rider Clinics
Centaur Horse and Rider Clinic (2 days) - $295.00
Bodywork and training have traditionally been separated. Trainers train and body workers fix sore parts so that the horse can do what the trainer demands. But there are a growing group of horsemen and women that are starting to see a larger picture - realizing that the horse and rider form a cohesive whole, physically, mentally and energetically. They realize that we cannot neatly separate "pain" and 'training' issues anymore than we can ignore how the horse feels about what it's being asked to do and more importantly how it is being asked. In any discipline it's easy to find successful trainers that only work with one type or personality of horse. Horses that don't fit that mold are labeled difficult, not athletic enough or unsuited for the level of performance required. Sometimes this is due to a lack of athleticism, but often it is an 'attitude' problem, especially with mares. Whereas there are other trainers that consistently get the maximum potential out of a variety of builds and temperaments. What is the difference? Feel. At ERT we feel that feel is a far bigger issue than just good timing and knowing what to do. It involves both of those, but also awareness of how the horses personality affects how we ask, clarity of body language, an awareness of how the horse actually learns and developing a range of tools to be able help each horse achieve it's maximum performance willingly and happily. Lots of systems talk about partnership, but if we ask the horse's opinion, I'm afraid that many would not live up to their idealism. Our Centaur Clinic series seeks to integrate approach, bodywork, timing and feel for the rider and horse to be as connected as possible, no matter what the discipline.
Body Language and Video Analysis Clinic (1 day) - $95
Prerequisite: 2 day Centaur Horse and Rider Clinic. Not about circus tricks, but authentically using your leadership and power (energy) to direct your horse on the healing journey to wholeness.
Proprioceptive Training (2 Day) - $295
We introduce the ideas of proprioception and interoception as ways to increase balance, coordination and athletic potential in the horse. Starting with the physiology of motor nerve pathways and the difference between proprioception and kinesthetic awareness, we develop a method to train the horse to increase his or her coordination, a prerequisite for athletic success. The first day will be a morning of theory, followed by hands on practice in the afternoon. The second day will be building and using a pro-move training course. It covers building a specific course in an arena, but also how to use natural objects and terrain features to accomplish specific proprioceptive goals. We also cover using Kinesiotape in a proprioceptive way. Kinesiotape is a versatile product that can be used for lymphatic drainage, tendon and muscle support or in our method to help horses change the pattern of how they move through the proprioceptive system.
(Check our Calendar for all scheduled clinics)