What to expect
To bring comfort and improve body balance through a holistic approach to the structure & movement of the horse. Releasing restrictions that impede normal movement and balance. Restoring a renewed willingness by the horse to movement, training, interaction, and performance.
Your horse during my work, is free to do most anything, that does not endanger either me, the holder, or themselves. Things that are not usual may be seen, often these behaviors are things we correct during training. However, during work I allow them, as often they are trying to either release built up tension in the body or hold back (unsuccessfully) the release.
Behaviors you may see during a work
- Chewing & Licking
- Chewing on anything they can, buckets, ropes, clothing, they just need to put there mouth on things.
- Gripping of buckets etc, it looks a bit like cribbing, but rest assured it is not.
- Kicking or rather legs firing up and down. There is no intention to harm during this, but it is often a release of deeply held tension and muscle restriction in the hind quarters.
- Dropping of gentile in geldings and stallions, again, muscle tension release of abdominal area this time.
- Licking of things, mouth activity is often the most common release visual.
- Rubbing or chewing on areas of their bodies. i.e. scratching.
- Trying to bite either me or the handler. We do correct this gently and give them alternate ways to tell us they are worried, which is often what this means. I equate it to yelling by the horse.
- Moving, moving, moving...I do NOT expect the horse to stand still and behave, in fact I'd rather they moved. This helps with the process!
- Falling asleep, sometimes we have to wake them up, they become so relaxed.
There are other behaviors I'm sure, each horse is unique, so they surprise me with new ones all the time. But you as the owner should relax, you don't need to apologize for your horse being (as often perceived) naughty. If they are in fact misbehaving, I will tell you and give you tips on how to redirect that behavior positively. But 95% of the time what I see them do is normal release of tension and restrictions within their bodies. So relax, and enjoy the work, you'll relax as much as they do as you watch!