[i] Tellington TTouch is a special way of touching a body that impacts it physically, mentally and emotionally by bringing new awarenesses. It was developed by Linda Tellington-Jones.
[ii] In the practice of ANT, osteopathic Animal Normalization Technique, I look for restrictions of blood flow into or out of any area of the body, and reading the rhythm of the heart is where I begin.
[i] My introduction to this common problem came from an article by Wendy Elks with Dr. Ian Bidstrup called Birth Trauma in the Hoofbeats magazine, August/September 08 (PDF online)
[iii] Shoulder Delineation is a Connected Groundwork exercise developed by Peggy Cummings, originator of Connected Riding, that releases tightness in the shoulders and encourages a horse to telescope the head and neck forward and down.
[iv] Feeling a strong rhythm in her heart, I checked in with her lungs and kidneys. With so much out of sync, I went to the Chopart joints in her knees, left then right, so I could use them to help clear the shoulders and neck. Whenever I touched her legs, she picked up her feet and also pawed the air. I could not complete much of what I knew would be best due to Jalila’s reactivity and the threat of a blow up. She did receive vascular drainage of her neck and shoulders before I had to quit.
[v] The Chopart joint is formed by the articulation of four bones, the movement of which is more extensive than that of the other tarsal or carpal bones in the knee (front) or hock (rear) respectively. The motion allows for a sort of rotation and can be felt as a figure-8 energetic pattern in the joint.
We hung around and talked while I just fidgeted with the horse asking her to experiment with looking around and lowering her head. She responded so radically to the fact that I acknowledged her situation it really touched my heart. I felt sick that she was going out into the world, so innocent and unprepared, but I tend not to say much to people about their training decisions when all they’ve asked for is bodywork.
(Yes, I wish I had “Before” pictures!)