I like to take a moment & allow the horse some "say" before I begin working on them. A few seconds running my hands over them tells me a LOT about how they are feeling, what areas they might be protecting & their overall comfort. Listening is watching their subtle cues and letting them know you hear them.
Working above the horses bracing mechanism allows the horse to show me where they are holding tension, how I can help them release it.
Releasing tension under the scapula helps movement of both forelimbs, neck, back and hind end.
The Poll/Atlas area is one of the most affected areas of a horse when it comes to performance. Working to release tension in the soft tissue with lateral cervical flexion improves comfort & range of motion in the poll/atlas & neck area.
The language of the unspoken horse is shown through their body language. This sample of bodywork sessions show how a horse releases tension while being worked on through yawning, licking, chewing, and heavy or closed eyes. Each horse has a unique way to show us how they are releasing tension giving incredible immediate results.