Designed for horse owners, the course consists of introductions (met some lovely, interesting people), introduction to physiotherapy and massage, some anatomy, some massage techniques and practice on both people and ponies.
All the group members came for different reasons; from developing relationships with their horses to keeping their horses free from tension between visits from a professional physio.
I’ve tried learning the names and locations of different muscles before but they’ve never stuck. This evening, however, I can name 7. I can also find them on a living horse and know where they attach to bone. This is in no small part due to ‘Dollar’, my new equine friend:
After studying pictures and scientific drawings in the classroom, we headed to the stables to practice identifying the muscles on real horses (by drawing them on in chalk).
“Very funny. You’d best not have drawn anything rude on my bum!”
After lunch we learnt some massage techniques and practiced them on ourselves, other students, and finally the horses. I think Dollar enjoyed some of it!
At the end of the day we’ve all come home with new skills, more knowledge and a routine to use on our beasts at home.
Together we’ve also helped Riding for the Disabled Association support two people ride horses for a year.
Check out this video to find out more: