Jim Masterson

Jim Masterson

Jim Masterson, Equine Massage Therapist for the US Endurance Teams 2006-2014, and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Games competitions.

Jim teaches a unique method of equine bodywork for equine massage therapists and horse owners in which the practitioner recognises and follows the responses of the horse to touch to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. When he first became interested in equine massage in 1997, Jim recognised that the horse exhibits certain neurological responses to touch as it releases tension in the body. Using those responses to guide his work, he developed a system in which the horse participates in the process by showing where tension has accumulated, precisely how much pressure is needed to release it, and when it has been released. The result is an effective method of equine massage body work that anyone can learn to use to improve performance while at the same time opening new levels of communication and trust with the horse.

Jim has worked on the U.S. Hunter-Jumper Show circuit, including top equine competitors in events such as the USEF Maclay Medal series, FEI Grand Prix, Nation's Cup, Pan American and World Cup jumping events. He has helped members of the US Singles Driving Team (prior to the 2010 Championships in Italy) and members of the US Jumping and Endurance teams.

Jim travels the world teaching the Masterson Method Weekend Seminars and Advanced Courses to horse owners, trainers, and therapists, leading to certification in the Masterson Method. He has authored the Beyond Horse Massage book and DVD, The Dressage Horse Optimized book and The Dressage Horse Revealed DVD, and his latest DVD; Light to the Core; Gentle Techniques That Ease, Enhance, and Reset Physical Interconnections Deep Within the Equine Body. He has been a presenter to large crowds of enthusiastic horse owners at various Horse Expos around the world.

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Education Session

Reading the horse's body language: Is my horse uncomfortable, and if so, where?

Horses survive in the wild by covering up pain and discomfort. If they show even subtle signs of pain or discomfort they will be singled out by the predator. Consequently the horse blocks out pain and discomfort until it reaches the point that it has trouble doing what is asked of it, or is outwardly lame. We can find these areas of hidden tension if we know what to look for in subtle changes in behavior in response to our touch. In this presentation Jim Masterson will teach spectators how to bypass survival instincts that the horse uses to cover up pain and discomfort. He will demonstrate subtle signs in the body language that reveal where in the body the horse might be holding tension, an

Thursday 15 November 5.00pm - 5.45pm Barastoc Arena, Epsom Pavilion

Using Bodywork to Deal with Behavioral Issues Such as Head-Shyness, Bracing, and Bolting

Behavioral issues such as head-shyness, bracing and bolting are a barrier to happiness for both the horse and rider. For example, ninety percent of the time there is a physical reason behind head-shyness that goes along with what we usually see as a behavioral problem. In this practical, hands-on clinic Jim will talk about possible causes of head shyness and other behavioral issues, and demonstrate techniques that owners can use to help to improve these conditions in a relatively short period of time.

Friday 16 November 4.15pm - 5.00pm Horserail Arena, Epsom Pavilion