Most horses suffer at some time in their lives. Being horses, the ultimate prey animals that have survived for millions of years by hiding all weaknesses, they continue to hide their problems from us. It is important that we all learn how to recognize the pains and discomforts that plague them.
In the Equine Touch Foundation, we have created an effective and powerful technique that is easy to learn and does not require long term study, yet which still opens the door to knowledge.
The Equine Touch is a non-diagnostic, non-invasive Equine Bodywork system which is an holistic soft tissue address, effecting mostly connective tissue - muscles and tendons, joint capsules and ligaments using very specific moves to re-balance the entire body.
The Equine Touch is gentle, body-based modality, non-invasively addressing the connective tissue such as fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
The tissue is mobilized and "stimulated" by using a specific move, or series of moves, over precise points of the horse's body. These could be acupuncture points, trigger points or sites of common injuries.
Firstly a very specific body balancing foundation address is applied to the whole body. What is applied to one side is repeated on the other, utilizing the "blue print" effect. Additional, specific Area of Concern addresses can be later applied; to have a greater chance of success in encouraging longer lasting changes when applied to this balanced and relaxed body. These areas are chosen according to tissue response and the horse’s reaction to our touch.
By addressing the meridian pathways, together with muscles and fascia, The Equine Touch crosses the line between physical bodywork and an energy modality. It can have the effect of inducing deep relaxation, releasing hypertonic and traumatized muscles, improving muscle tone, encouraging recovery from injury and muscle atrophy, reducing the pain spiral and assisting in detoxification and lymphatic drainage by increasing circulation. The horse’s awareness is changed and it is encouraged to rebalance not only physically, but emotionally for deep
relaxation also encourages the autonomic nervous system to drop toward repair and renewal. Energy blockages and unwanted structures appear to dissolve as the flow of Ki is stimulated through the meridians. This allows the equine to tap into its own innate healing ability and to allow it to work to its maximum potential.
The Equine Touch is a technique that invites changes rather than forcing them to happen.
There are many beliefs and theories on how Equine Touch may work. Most of them are based on results and experiences, working on many horses with similar problems. Our students are encouraged to create their own theory, as they have a different education (in other modalities and techniques) and different beliefs (eastern or western or medical approach).
The technique was developed with horse owner in mind. Once a few ground rules have been learnt, the system has been designed to be simple to learn and easy to apply meaning that no matter what age, horsemanship ability (or in some cases even disability) that a horse lover has, The Equine Touch™ can be used to give ‘a gift to the horse’.
While having the unique ability to stand on its own as a positive corrective system at all levels, one of the most valuable assets of the Equine Touch is its total compatibility to work in a complementary and harmonious synergy with many recognized equine healing modalities including allopathic medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, Bach flower remedies, chiropractic and osteopathic. The Equine Touch is not only compatible with these equine therapies and styles of equine bodywork but with all types of equine address such as trimming, shoeing, saddle fitting and correction, balanced riding, training, rehabilitation and nutrition, all essential elements of influence in creating and maintaining stability and health in any horse.
The Equine Touch is not designed or intended in any way, in whole or in part, to be a substitute for orthodox allopathic veterinary practice. It is not a therapy as such but a holistic address of the equine body, affecting the body and mind, without addressing any specific issue that the horse may have
Level 1 FOUNDATION CLINIC 3 days Cost £320
Students are introduced to the move, practicing on each other before transposing these basic procedures on the equine. By the end of the course the student will be able to carry out a full basic body balancing routine and be able to apply six Area of Concern procedures. A detailed user-friendly manual is provided which contains diagrams, photographs and instructions on how to perform all foundation procedures.
Level 2 INTERMEDIATE CLINIC 3 days Cost £320
After refreshing and fine tuning the basic body balance the student is then introduced to several new advanced procedures designed to address areas of concern both on the horse and the human. The student is also introduced to an advanced body balance.
Level 3 ADVANCED CLINIC – Practical class 2 days Cost £250
Prior to attending the Level 3 practical clinic the student must be comfortable to demonstrate expertise in both basic and advanced body balances without learning aids as a full review of both balances plus all the area of concern procedures learned to date, (and a good many new ones!), are taught by two UK instructors specifically nominated by Equine Touch Foundation. The class is fast paced and will lock into place all the jigsaw pieces from previous levels.
This clinic is taught by Equine Touch Founder Dr Ivana Ruddock and is specifically designed to help students understanding of how foot balance, teeth, saddling, nutrition, training and the rider’s imbalances can affect the horse and consequently the Equine Touch bodywork as it is performed. This class is mandatory for those studying on the Practitioner route but is also open to anyone who wishes to have the knowledge and understanding simply for their own horse.
The Level 4 clinic is taught only by Dr Ivana Ruddock (DVM), the remaining Equine Touch Founder. It is mandatory for new practitioners to attend within their first year of qualification for Ongoing Professional Development. It is a suitable clinic for Ongoing Professional Development for all practitioners and in fact anyone who has completed Level 3 practical who just wants more! New procedures and ways of addressing the equine body are taught as well as giving students the confidence to really ‘feel’ what is going on in the body and to be able to take on board ‘the bigger picture’ rather than just focusing on a single line of address. This is always an ‘exciting clinic’ for although there is a manual and those procedures are indeed taught, often the method of approach can vary due to the picture that the equine subjects on the class present to us.