Equine Touch is a very gentle, specific bodywork which places very simple but unique moves over the whole body before looking to concentrate on areas of concern. It provides a deep state of relaxation so that the body is able to release tensions, realigns muscle fibres to optimise recovery and performance, encourages lymphatic drainage to remove waste products such as lactic acid, and encourages circulation to feed the cells of the body. Horses are affected on a biological, emotional and spiritual level and Equine Touch has great benefits for all horses from top class performance horses to emotionally challenged rescue cases. Whatever your horse's story, Jo and The Equine Touch can help.
Any ill-fitting piece of tack at best will irritate your horse, and at worst will lead to physical changes in their body as the soft tissues and ultimately their bones adapt to accommodate it. Jo is happy to review your tack and horsewear choices with you, and assess their fit to ensure maximum comfort for your horse. Whilst Jo is with you, why not take the opportunity to have your leather tack stamped with your postcode or phone number so you are more easily reunited with it should it be stolen.
Kinesiology taping is a simple yet effective therapeutic tape application to aide rehabilitation. It works well as a stand alone application or in addition to an Equine Touch session. Jo used the tape to help recover from her own injury and was so impressed with the results that she undertook to learn the method to benefit others.
Thermal imaging is a hands-off, non-invasive method to monitor surface temperatures of your horses body using infrared imaging. By having a benchmark image report carried out, should there be any causes for concern a comparative report can be carried out which can then be used by your vet to pinpoint areas for further investigation.
Jo is able to review current feeding regimes and analyse gaps in the diet to prevent nutritional deficiencies. Taking the holistic approach, it is very beneficial to have your forage tested, whether that is hay or grass. Feeding plans can be developed based on each horse's individual needs based on their condition, workload, current forage and also taking into account some medical conditions.
Waiting for your horse to produce their sample for a worm egg count can be time consuming and many owners would much rather spend time riding their horse than following them around the field, or sat outside their stable, so let Jo do that for you. Why not treat your horse to an Equine Touch session whilst she waits?! Samples are sent to the lab the same day and results are usually back within two to three working days. Jo can advise on the best course of action following the results.
Horsemanship coaching encompasses the ridden aspect as well as the handling, groundwork and stable management aspects. By building great foundations in your skills, these all transfer into a great relationship with your horse or pony. Working with a mix of approaches including traditional, intelligent horsemanship, and positive reinforcement, Jo can help you develop your skills in all the above areas, either specifically within individual sessions, or in conjunction with any of the other services offered.
By giving your horse the correct level of work for their fitness, knowing when the push for that little bit extra, or when to take it a little easier is key to keeping your horse healthy and injury free. Jo is able to tailor plans to suit all horses, from horses on box rest to those out competing regularly, from those that need to be stepping it up a gear for the next level to horses who might be heading towards retirement. Plans can be step by step daily regimes to general pointers and exercise ideas.
Your horse is affected by their environment. Ideally this effect is a positive one, however it can also be negative, which will then impact on their state of mind and eventually on their bodies as they find ways to cope, such as with stereotypical behaviours. Jo takes the horse's environment into account and approaches it with an open mind, understanding that we do not live in an ideal world and so often have to make compromises. Jo is able to suggest small, simple and yet effective changes, if required, which will help your horse better cope with their time in the stable and out in the field.
Your emotional state can have a massive impact on yourself, and those around you, including your animals. Bach Flower Remedies help to balance your emotions so you are better able to cope with day to day challenges that life throws at you. Jo will hold a consultation with you and make a bespoke remedy which will last for approximately three weeks. Jo also stocks her own Nervous Rider Remedy for those suffering from confidence issues.