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Triceps

Triceps Release Assessment To release tightness and pain at the elbow joint. Most noticeable at the trot, when the horse drops its leg through jumps and in retraction. Purpose: Primary…
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Latissimus dorsi Correction

Assessment: Lack of flexion. May have restricted forehand extension. Pain in this area may also present as a back problem. Commonly seen as stiffness in the forehand on circles. Purpose:…
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Gluteals Correction

Assessment: Restriction through hindquarter, shortened stride, dropping hind legs through jumps, lumbar pain. Purpose: To correct tension through major muscles of the hindquarter; improve compromised hind leg movement. Position: Where…
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The Withers

 Withers Assessment: Gentle palpation of the wither area. Note the horse’s reaction as you raise you hand toward this area. If he has a great deal of tenderness/pain here, generally…
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Welcome

Steve and Kath Rochford, the creators and developers of Horse Muscle Care, have been treating horses since 2001 and training therapists since 2004 in their unique modality across Australia, England, Germany,…
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Causes and Symptoms

Muscles become shortened or ‘tight’ from injury or repetitive use causing ‘muscle memory loss’, in other words, the muscle forgets how to return to a relaxed, static state. In this…
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Fundamentals

We introduce to you at this point, the basic principle on which we build our work. Although each of these areas will be expanded upon as we progress through the…
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Pressure vs Pain

This is a gentle therapy. It is very gentle for the recipient and there is very little strain on the operator. Learn to use your hands lightly and accurately. The points…
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Using Your Hands

Possibly, many of you taking part in this course have never actually done any type of equine bodywork before and that’s OK. This is a simple therapy to learn and…
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Angles and Pressure

Please read carefully. Care and accuracy with these elements will make or break your success. We know it all sounds simple and basic but when you are not getting the…
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