What happens during an Equi-Bow session?
Each session begins with an assessment based on the horse’s physical presentation, way of going, and information from the owner. The first session starts with a Basic Body Balance, which addresses some of the major muscle groups and lays the foundation for future work. The practitioner will make a series of moves, followed by a pause to allow the horse time to integrate the work. The horse will show clear, clinical signs that the messages are being received by the nervous system. These may include closed eyes, droopy lips, quivering muzzles, muscle fasciculation, sweating, licking, chewing, yawning, exhaling, snorting, and even stretching. Once the horse shows it has processed the work, the practitioner will continue with the next series of moves.
The messages begin to integrate instantaneously, sometimes resulting in the benefits of Equi-Bow being seen immediately. However, the body can continue to process the work for up to a week after the session. For this reason, it is suggested that the horse be given 24-48 hours off of strenuous training post-session. It is also advised to book any other bodywork (vet visits, chiropractic, farrier, etc.) at least one week after the session.
How can Equi-Bow help?
Equi-Bow technique has been shown to have positive affects on a wide variety of equine issues. Some of these include postural imbalances, lymphatic drainage, muscular asymmetry, respiratory and digestive issues, sacroiliac problems, gait abnormalities, allergies, colic, laminitis, club foot, stifle, hock and knee restrictions, behavioural issues, TMJ syndrome, nervousness, and much more.
Many owners also report a positive change in their relationship with their horse, both on the ground and in training. Many say their horses seem happier to see them, show more affection, are more willing to work, and feel a stronger bond between them.
Ultimately, the aim of Equi-Bow is to support your horse’s ability to function efficiently, perform at its highest potential, prevent injuries, and maintain a balanced body and mind.