What is The Equine Touch™?

The simplest description is that The Equine Touch™ is hands-on soft-tissue bodywork for horses with a holistic approach.

Without focusing on “the problem shoulder“ or that the horse seems to be “off” in the near hind, the horse is addressed with an organized series of vibrational moves over the whole body, the aim of which is to offer release to tight muscles or restrictions in the soft tissue and promote a state of relaxation.

In a relaxed state the body is best able to respond to and deal with the issues to which the bodywork has helped bring attention – the body’s natural inclination towards balance and optimum function is enhanced. An attentive & observant owner may notice subtle positive changes in the physical body or the horse’s “attitude” or behaviour in the days following an Equine Touch session. Other times the changes may be quite dramatic.

Effects of the session can unfold for days so for maximum benefit to be achieved from the work it is best if the horse can be rested or at least have its exercise regime reduced to light work for a day or two. People ask “When can I work/ride my horse again?” The answer is always, “When it is sound!” The answer is also in relation to the question “Why did you seek bodywork for your horse in the first place?” If the reason is to offer support to a well horse in training or at a competition, the answer could be “right away”.

The interruption of the pain spiral or, the pain relief achieved by this soft tissue work over muscles, tendons, ligaments & connective tissue may need to be supported by appropriate adjustments of other health care for the horse. For more long lasting results from the bodywork, proper hoof care or dental work is essential as is removal of stressors such as an ill fitting saddle.


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Benefits & Effects – Why choose Equine Touch?

Equine Touch is for all horses, whether the horse is a competitive equine athlete or a pony club partner, a pampered pet (a member of the family), a young horse in training, or a “paddock ornament” retired veteran.

Equine athlete – Equine Touch works well for a horse in training as the equine athlete is conditioned in preparation for an upcoming event – a show, a race, a 3-day event, a cutting event, an endurance challenge, a show jumping competition, a camp draft – the list goes on. Releasing muscle tension, stimulating blood & lymph circulation Equine Touch assists the soft tissue in recovery from the rigours of training or competition.

Young horse – Equine Touch helps to build rapport, trust and body awareness for a young horse in initial training, aiding in recovery from the unaccustomed exertion as the young horse is asked to use its growing body in different ways. Care must be taken not to ask too much of a young horse which can easily tire and be more prone to injury.

Injured horse – During recovery from injury Equine Touch aids in the rehabilitation process to help stimulate blood supply and limit scarring adhesions which can restrict range of movement.

Aged horse – Equine Touch is a valuable tool to aid in maintaining range of movement & healthy body function for the retiree. It is a lovely way to say “Thanks for all you’ve been.”

Maintaining health & well being - Equine Touch can make a valuable contribution to enhancing your horse’s quality of life. Remember, there does not need to be “something wrong” for a horse to benefit from this gentle and effective body work. More and more people are beginning to accept the fact that bodywork (for humans or horses alike) can contribute to health & well being.

Effects of The Equine Touch™

As the session progresses (and for several days afterward) the horses process the gentle stimulation they have received from the ET moves.

Sometimes there may appear to be no outward signs if the horse is resisting succumbing to the relaxation in the presence of the humans or is of a less expressive nature or one of the “cold” breeds.

The signs of processing and developing relaxation can be any or all of the following:-

change in breathing, frequent yawning, stretching, “zoning out” with lowered head, soft eyes, relaxed ears—or sometimes the ears flicker as if the horse notices “something happening” in its body. Sometimes there is just a shake of the head, other times a full body shake! Patches of sweating may occur in unusual spots. Often the horse will want to scratch, chew or rub on various areas of the body, possibly because of the different sensations arising from increased blood flow or release of muscle tension. Sometimes they want to lie down.


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Positive changes clients have noticed in their horses after Equine Touch sessions:-

– seems to be generally moving more freely
– improvement in behaviour or “attitude”
– seems more relaxed, not so bothered by things
– head tossing has diminished or ceased
– swelling or “puffiness” has gone down
– more cooperative with the farrier/trimmer
– can pick up either canter lead now
– doesn’t “pig-root” when going into the canter anymore
– skin condition has improved



Equine Touch is for all horses no matter what the discipline.

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Reduce the level of pain and increase the level of performance.

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Feedback on the Effects of Equine Touch

“A happy relaxed horse produces the best results.”

- C. Haddon, Endurance Rider.

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“2009 Tom Quilty - Boots’ log book tells the story! Janis gave him an ET session before the compulsory re-present to the Vet before going out on the 4th leg.  From that time to the end of the ride Boots recorded all As and Ones!  That means his scores for all the vet checks (temperature, heart rate, breathing, hydration, gait & so-on) were all top knotch.  We were over the moon! And very glad to have Janis as a valuable member of our team again this year at Manilla, NSW to help us achieve another Quilty buckle”.

– L. Stevens, Endurance Rider.


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