As herd animals, dependent on their bodies for survival, horses are extremely stoic. Discomfort and unease often do not show up on the exterior until they are at a point where they cannot cover it up any longer. Issues can arise from a variety of factors, including dental health, saddle/bridle fit, hoof and lower leg issues, conditioning, nutrition, turnout, training, age and history.
In addition, a horse is more than just a physical body. The mental well-being of each animal is also vitally important to their health. Peeling away the layers of compensatory patterns to get to the root of an issue takes time and persistent attention. It takes multiple sessions for improvements to be sustainable.
A first visit begins with an assessment, the bodywork session and then a review with the owner to mutually develop a plan of action for future sessions. The length of a first visit is typically 2 hours and subsequent visits last about 1 and 1/2 hours.
Elizabeth is a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner, which involved eighteen months of interactive study, practice and mentoring.