This is a very light touch in an organised manner to facilitate the horse to rebalance posture, emotions and release any compensatory patterns happening caused by trauma and cranial compression.
I pay particular attention to the horses head and the cranial bones, which all have an important part to play in maintaining healthy movement and balance throughout the horse.
Equine Craniosacral is a holistic light touch using fingertips and hands mindfully and respectfully to the horse. Once I make contact I will continue to hold the same position until the horse has expressed some sort of release such as snorting, sighing, blinking, yawning, the lowering of his head, deeper breaths, licking and chewing and a softening under my hand.
While I hold the contacts the horse can express all sorts of behaviour by pulling faces getting a little fidgety chewing the rope this is all a normal process from the horse and I just passively wait until the horse has become calm and has fully released the tension.
I use organised contacts but sometimes the horse expresses and presents something different to me. I allow the horse to influence his session after all its like his hour of therapy!!
I usually start at the sacrum as this area gives me a guide on how the horses system is functioning. I then work throughout the horses body and finish at his head working on the cranial bones.
Before A Session
It is courtesy and also the law to inform the vet of my visit by just making a quick call to notify them.
Craniosacral does not replace veterinary care for your horse if you have a concern get it checked out first. I am more than happy to work alongside a vet or any other equine practitioner, working as a team to bring about an outcome that provides your horse with an inner and outer balance.
I am not here to diagnose I work holistically with the horse.
WhatHappens During a Session?
I like to see the horse walk up and turn a few times so I can see what is moving well and what isn’t working for the horse. I also like to take photos as it’s a fantastic record and we are able to see the horse before the session and after the session.
Most horses are happy to have their session in the stable with a head collar and lead rope, I’m happy for the owners to hold the horse but on occasions I may need to hold him while he is being treated, I may just guide the owner on how to hold their horse just so we all remain safe.
During a craniosacral session the horse often “releases,” this brings about behaviour such as licking, chewing, snorting and yawning. Other horses may feel the need to move their feet and walk round a little, or may like to have a little bit of a stomp. This is all very normal as this is may be the way that your horse chooses to express themselves and for me it’s all information on how the horse is doing and letting go.
On some occasions when horses “release” they can get a little nippy so I may suggest that they are tied up loosely just to save owners from getting bitten or in some cases I will ask the owners to leave the stable.
Some horses will just completely chill out and relax which is amazing to see and to be part of.
I will also ask you to fill in a details form and I will make notes about the horse I will log down any findings I come across and how the horse has been to treat and how he looked before and after.
After A Session
I like to see the horse walk up again and take a photo to compare but also to see, hear and feel how the horse is moving after his session.
After a session the horse will need three days rest, preferably out at grass or as much turn out as possible. This time is really important for the horse to chill and allow the changes that are occurring to take place without interruption.
When the horse is ridden again take extra time to rebalance with them and ensure you have a good warm up session.
If the horse has to be stabled then I will ask for hay and any feed to be fed off the floor it’s mechanically so important for the horse to eat off the ground, it’s the way they are put together and it lessens the risk of tight neck muscles.
The Next Session
The next session is usually a week later. In the first session I have just kind of hit the reboot button and asked the body to respond, the next session usually allows me to get in deeper and lift another layer and the third session I find is a beautiful settling session.
Depending on how the horse is responding and changing and releasing I usually suggest a three week session and then once a month for maintenance.
Each horse is different so it’s important for me to treat each client as an individual.