Most horses suffer at some time in their lives. Being horses, the ultimate prey animals that have survived for millions of years by hiding all weaknesses, they continue to hide their problems from us. It is important that we all learn how to recognize the pains and discomforts that plague them. We believe that soft tissue can be the medium that gives us the answer as to questions such as, “why is my horse not performing to his best potential?”, “why is there this change in his behaviour?” and “why is he acting in the way that he acts?”
By palpating the soft tissue, we can feel the horse instead of just seeing it. This feel is extremely important, as soft tissue does not lie. Our eyes, however, can mislead us, so that by the time we see that the horse is lame or ‘off’, its body may already be experiencing 80% pain. As long as the horse can continue compensating, it will do so, in order to hide its injury and avoid the unwelcome attention of predators. It is only when the majority of the body is ‘in trouble’ that the problems start becoming visible to our eyes.
Dysfunctional soft tissue can be the source of pain and this pain is often the reason for the horse’s changed behavioural and social patterns. Frequently, in its silent suffering, these changes may be the only sign of the horse’s discomfort or pain. The Equine Touch technique addresses the soft tissue. Our unique move, applied with fingers and thumbs, is performed over the muscles and, of course, the fascia. When the move is correctly applied, it can achieve many positive results, from releasing the muscle tension to improving the local blood and lymphatic circulation. The Equine Touch move can also supply us with accurate feedback from the horse’s body, not only about its biggest system, the muscular system, but also regarding the state of the horse’s mind.