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Equine Muscular Compensation, A Study

Is your horse tracking evenly?

Are his limbs stretching equally?

Is his sustaining his gates uniformly?

Learn to evaluate any muscular compensation patterns in your horse!

This book describes in great details the phenomenon of myofascial compensation seen in the horse. When the horse feels discomfort or pain, automatically he develops myofascial compensation in order to avoid that problem and to maintain optimal performance. This book teaches you to recognize the various signs of myofascial compensation. It is a great self-educating book that will assist you in maintaining your horse fitness level at its best.

This “Equine Myofascial Compensation Study Manual” is the most complete book on the subject and contains information you cannot find anywhere else! You will learn about:

  • The basics of the equine myofascial system.
  • The basics of equine kinesiology, the study of movement.
  • The basic gaits of the horse.
  • The external lines of compensation with the diagonal, transverse and sidelines of compensation.
  • The internal line of compensation and their influence on the horse’s center of gravity.
  • Detailed information on each individual muscles and its role when in compensatory mode.
  • Precious information on common problems and their compensation pattern.

Whether amateur or professional, this book will develop your skills and confidence in evaluating the equine myofascial compensation phenomenon. It will contribute to your overall horsemanship expertise. The knowledge gained from this manual will improve your understanding of the horse overall balance at any gait. This in turn will definitely improve the quality of your training as well as your massage application and its lasting benefits.

Early detection of myofascial compensation in your horse helps you get the most of your animal’s well being, as well as saving on recovery time, not to mention money. I know this book will serve you well.

To see more information on the book, click here for “Equine Muscular Compensation, A Study”.

Equine Muscular Anatomy and Kinesiology

Would you like to know how your horse moves?

Would you like to know every muscle in your horse?

Learn from an expert!

Equine massage therapy requires a solid knowledge of the equine musculature. The objective of this book is to provide you an extensive overview of over 115 important muscles and corresponding fasciae involved on the equine muscular system.

For each muscle you will be given the following information:

  • Location
  • Point of Origin tendon
  • Point of Insertion tendon
  • Blood supply
  • Nerve supply
  • Action

This in-depth knowledge will help you when:

  • Conducting an initial muscular evaluation of an athletic horse to establish a massage program to maintain and improve his performance.
  • Evaluating the horse’s muscular system to pinpoint the muscular groups involved in lameness. The more complicated the problem, the more valuable this knowledge of equine muscular anatomy is!
  • Applying the Origin-Insertion sport massage technique to maintain the fitness of an athletic horse, for optimal performance.
  • Taking notes and corresponding with other professionals.

This knowledge of the equine musculature, coupled with your massage skills, will directly affect the quality of your performance, leading to better results in your hands-on massage work and definitely in the well being of your equine friend.

To see more information on the book, click here for “Equine Muscular Anatomy and Kinesiology”.

Equine Massage Awareness Preliminary Home-Study Course (workbook)

Would you like to really learn horse massage?

Would you like to fully absorb this knowledge?

Learn from this expert workbook with over 400questions and dozens of chart to fill in!


This book is a companion workbook to the Equine Massage a Visual Guide book. It provides you with over 400 pertinent questions to help you absorb the essence of this book, as well as several charts for you to test your knowledge of the horse skeleton, joints, ligaments, muscle layers and stress points.

When purchasing this Preliminary Home Study Course, you make a wonderful investment in your future which will greatly enhance your life with your horse. The massage awareness method will allow you to, in a natural way, actively participate way to the health and fitness of your horse.

What you are about to learn will change your life and the way you work with your horse forever.  The Massage Awareness home study course on Equine Massage is the most extensive, professional and recreational based equine massage training in North America.  This workbook will help you get the most from your home-study course. As you read through this book, never allow the brevity of its paragraph nor the simplicity of its words to cause you to treat the book’s content lightly.  Years of research, work and experience went into this practical guide.  It is very rich and each time you will read it again, you will pick up something new.

You can take this course chapter per chapter, as it is presented in the book, or you might consider studying the animal section per section.  For example spend your first couple weeks studying thoroughly the head and neck part of the horse, its skeleton, its joints and ligaments, its deep and superficial muscle layer, its related stress points, etc…..  Then, when you feel good and solid about this part, move on to the shoulder and foreleg structures in the same fashion for the next couple weeks.  Then, work on the back section and finally the hip and hind-quarters.  Within a couple month you should have absorb most of your anatomical knowledge and that is good as it is the foundation of your work.  The more you know the structures you work on the better the results.

So with this course you start a new life.  Be patient in your learning process as everything take time to mature.  With this material you will absorb knowledge that has been developed by some of the wisest in the profession.  This home study course will take you in the sunlight of equine massage practice and, combined with your instinct as a horse person, you will soon be very confident in your application of equine massage. You will never look or touch a horse in the same way.

To see more information on the book, click here for “Equine Massage Awareness Preliminary Home-Study Course WORKBOOK”.

Fitness Evaluation of the Horse

Is your horse fit?

Do you know his strengths and weaknesses?

Learn to evaluate the fitness of any horse – in the stable and in the saddle!

Learn to evaluate the fitness of any horse – in the stable and in the saddle. This guide helps horse owners, riders, and trainers at all levels learn how to assess any horse’s fitness, strengths, and weakness over a 25 point check-up routine. If you’re buying a horse, this will help you pre-assess prospects before getting the complete veterinary examination. If you own a horse, these techniques will help you better understand your horse’s aptitudes, customize a training program, identify signs of strain, and provide better care for your horse.

With step-by-step instructions and almost 200 photos and drawings showing the proper positioning and approach for each technique, you will learn:

  • Hand palpation skills, several basic massage movements, and simple stretching exercises
  • A Riding Evaluation Program (REP) that helps you identify abnormalities in gaits, tight muscle groups or sore joints, and more
  • A Palpation Evaluation Program (PEP) in which you use your fingertips to pinpoint problems along a 25 point check-up routine.
  • How to perform an assessment of the horse’s musculoskeletal system, with twenty-five points on each side

Fitness Evaluation of the Horse teaches you to evaluate the soundness and fitness of a horse in a hands-on manner so that you can fine tune your training program, improve your performance, and enhance your relationship with your horse.

To see more information on the book, click here for “Fitness Evaluation of the Horse”.

Equine Massage A Practical Guide, Second Edition

Do you want to increase your horse flexibility and reduce his stiffness?

Do you want to improve his attitude and develop a stronger bond?

Learn from this long-awaited update of the classic equine massage reference!

Fully revised and updated, this new edition provides step-by-step instructions and more than 180 photographs and diagrams to help riders and professionals alike master equine massage techniques. This authoritative guide provides detailed information about massage movements, pressures, rhythms, and sequences. It includes:

  • An introduction to equine anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology
  • Practical information on stretching and hydrotherapy
  • Four new chapters covering equine myofascial massage, Equine TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Dysfunction Syndrome, Equine Muscular Compensation Phenomenon, and saddle fitting
  • A conformation check-up routine
  • Information about areas of stress specific to each discipline and different massage techniques and routines for different situations
  • A handy comb-bound format that lays flat for convenient use in the stable

Equine massage enhances the performance and quality of life of horses by increasing flexibility, reducing stiffness, improving attitude, and shortening recovery time from injury. In addition to its many health benefits, equine massage strengthens the bond between the horse and his owner, trainer, or groom. Using these techniques, you’ll learn to “see” with your hands and sense areas that need special attention. Equine Massage, Second Edition is truly a hands-on guide to proven massage techniques that improve a horse’s well-being.

To see more information on the book, click here for “Equine Massage A Practical Guide, Second Edition”.

Equine Massage Therapy for Equine Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (ETDS)

Does your horse loose weight? Does he react to the bit?

Does he have teeth problems?

Learn how you can detect early signs of TMJ in your horse and care for it when chronic!

This book teaches you to detect the early signs, as well as the chronic signs of the temporomandibular dysfunction syndrome. Educate yourself in the simple massage and stretching techniques from a recognized expert in the field so you can bring the well-known benefits of massage to help your horse recover from this debilitating condition.

“Equine Massage therapy for the Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (ETDS)” is the most complete book on the subject and contains information you cannot find anywhere else! You will learn about:

  • The basics of the equine TMJ anatomy (bones, nerves, vessels, joint).
  • The muscles of mastication with an in-depth anatomy description.
  • Simple tests to check the health of the TMJ.
  • Precious information on the signs and symptoms for all phases of ETDS (acute, sub-acute & chronic phase).
  • Excellent massage routine outlines for each phase (including hydrotherapy).
  • Stretching techniques.
  • Acupressure point to assist vitality flow.

Preventive or palliative massage for ETDS will ensure a good TMJ performance. This will result in a good sensitivity in the horse’s mouth for increase finesse in riding and secure a good mastication apparatus for a better mastication and absorption of his food and its nutrients. Also, a healthy TMJ contributes to a better overall balance.

Whether amateur or professional, this book will develop your skills and confidence. The knowledge gained from this manual will allow you to, in a natural way, actively prevent this condition as well as participate in the recovery of a horse already afflicted with ETDS. Early detection helps you get the most of your animal’s well being, as well as saving on recovery time, not to mention money. I know this book will serve you well.

To see more information on the book, click here for “Equine Massage Therapy for Equine Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (ETDS)”.

The Rider’s Fitness Guide To A Better Seat

Are you fit? Is your back sore?

Are you using your body smartly?

Learn how you can develop strong core muscles and ease backache!

To all active persons, maintaining good core muscle fitness is crucial so they do not over strain their back muscles, resulting in chronic back soreness. If the core muscles are weak your body develops compensation, causing deep muscular tension to form along the spine, hips and shoulder, resulting in limited range of motions for the entire body.

Learning of the core muscles will allow you to develop your awareness of them. In turn this will help you increase their fitness as well as their flexibility. This will result not only in an overall better posture, but also in better stamina and sense of balance.

It is your responsibility to develop your core muscles. In my book “The Rider’s Fitness Guide to a Better Seat” I provide several exercises programs that will help you increase your control of your core muscles. To maximize your performance and to minimize the risk of injury many athletes, regardless of your sport, I use a “Cross-Training’ approach. It allows you to better work from your core muscles, resulting in improved balance, strength and endurance.

This book contains information useful to all person, beginners and professionals alike. It provides general anatomical knowledge of all the core muscles and a comprehensive listing of many strengthening and stretching exercises to put the reader in tune with his body. Any of these exercises can easily be performed anywhere as you do not require any equipment, just this book. Even if you are on the road a lot, nothing stop you to easily maintain you fitness.

To imply these simple programs three days a week will greatly increase your strength, stamina and improve your coordination within thirty days resulting in an overall better fitness. After only ten days you will notice a difference and by the end of the month you will feel you have a new body awareness

To horse riders a good seat is vital for good riding performance. A good seat allows for a better communication of your aids which leads to a more harmonious and effortless contact with your horse, allowing him to work at his best. To ride harmoniously your center of gravity has to move in sink with the horse’s center of gravity. When this happens, the ride flows very smoothly. Otherwise, in order to keep up with your horse performance, you spend a lot of energy constantly adjusting your balance and fighting gravity, a very tiring experience.

The exercise programs presented in this book will transform the way your body feels and perform. They will help you develop body awareness, strength of movement and good posture and an easy, graceful seat.

To see more information on the book, click here for “The Rider’s Fitness Guide to a Better Seat”.