What to expect

Typically, a first full bodywork session with your horse will take around 1.5 to 2 hours, although there are no hard and fast rules as this method depends very much on following the horse's responses. Follow-up sessions will be around 1-1.5 hours, or pre-event work up to 1 hour.

 

The horse should be in a dry sheltered stable or barn with good footing, and wearing a well-fitting (or on the generous side rather than tighter) headcollar with a rope, and somewhere to tie the horse should it be necessary. No food should be available as eating interferes with reading the horse's responses. (Straw bedding can be a problem here! If you can just sweep it back.) 

 

Ideally the session should take place when the yard is quiet and the horse is unlikely to face too many distractions, such as other horses going past, or feed being prepared! It is up to you whether you stay with your horse during the session.

 

Your horse may be quite 'zonked' after a full session. Jane will advise you on aftercare, which will usually involve a couple of easy days, preferably just being turned out. For this reason also, a full session is best conducted in the horse's home environment as travelling involves the horse bracing to balance, and could undo a lot of the benefit of the session.

 

Pre-event sessions are a little shorter and will involve loosening up key areas of the horse's body, but the deeper techniques, which take longer for the horse to adjust to, will be avoided. A pre-event sytle session may be suitable for horses who have to travel or work shortly afterwards, so that they don't feel too 'out of it'!