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