Diane Hash, REMT, at work.

"You mean bend it like this?"
"You mean bend it like this?"
Detail Work
Detail Work
With Horse Trainer Dale Rudin
With Horse Trainer Dale Rudin
"Thanks! That's much better!"
"Thanks! That's much better!"
Red Light Therapy
Red Light Therapy
Digging In
Digging In
"That's the spot!"
"That's the spot!"
Hands-on assessment
Hands-on assessment

The Horse Haven exhibit at The Calgary Stampede, 2012. This mare regularly competes in a variety of disciplines. Here, I'm doing her hands-on assessment.

Foreleg flexor stretch
Foreleg flexor stretch

At the Calgary Stampede, 2012. Safety is always of paramount concern, but in this case she was extremely receptive to my ministrations. Working "free" with her allowed her to cooperate actively with me. This is a foreleg flexor stretch.

Great response
Great response

This mare was lovely to work on. Notice her response...nostrils are dilated and blowing, lips are tense and she's chewing, and her head and neck are elongated. She's "self-stretching."

Fascial technique
Fascial technique

Many horses have fascial restrictions through this area. Massage using specific fascial technique helps release this, allowing greater freedom of movement through the limb.

Expressive ears
Expressive ears

Think of how expressive the equine ear is. Thirteen muscles rotate the ears almost 180 degrees, and they rarely rest. Very fine massage techniques can ease tension in these muscles, preventing headaches, TMJ disordersand tension at the poll.

Dont try this at home...or anywhere!
Dont try this at home...or anywhere!

If my position in this photo seems dangerous, it's because it is. Normally, I would never stand in front of the horse and below his head like this. But for photography purposes, we sometimes have to bend the rules...as carefully as possible.

Stretching is good...
Stretching is good...

Stretching is good for horses and humans...just ask any athlete. I usually incorporate stretches at the end of a session when muscles are warm and more pliable. Never stretch a cold muscle, and never bounce the stretch.

The front legs work the hardest...
The front legs work the hardest...

The horse carries 65% of its weight on its front legs. Because they don't have a clavicle (collar bone) as we do, the attachment of that foreleg is strictly by soft tissue.

Ulnar hacking...
Ulnar hacking...

The technique I'm using here is called light hacking or ulnar hacking. It's a Swedish massage technique used to stimulate a muscle and bring blood to it.