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The radio show concluded with a wonderful conversation with a new face on the scene of alternative horse health treatments. Structural Integration is discussed and here is the conclusions below about how to improve your horses movement. Daniel Makus joins me to discuss his new business “Stridewright”

First, I inquire about the horses history such as, when was the horses last farrier visit?  Has the horse then seen by a vet?  Has the horse had any surgeries?  Scar tissue from surgeries can shorten and wrinkle the fascia.  Has the horse sustained any injuries?  Has the horse been seen by a chiropractor?  Are the chiropractic adjustments holding?  Is there anything else that you can tell me about the horse and the horses history.

Daniel Makus and Cruiser on his final treatment day.

    It is a horse’s stride, at Trot, that is most revealing of any issue the horse has lingering in its body.  The best way to evaluate the horses stride, is to work a cold horse, at Trot, on a lunge line, completing the five circles in each direction.  When you lunge a cold horse issues are enlarged, when the horse is warm, often times the energy and circulation can mask or hide their issues.  This process of a valuation gives us a baseline of the quality of the horses movement.  The circling in both directions will also give me indications as to what is “right” with the horse as well.  I like to establish this baseline so that we can see the progress the horse is making.

The next thing I do with the horse as a sort of body scan.  I do this by making one full pass over the horse’s body with my hands, while keeping in mind the horse is movement during the trotting evaluation.  This first pass, gives me an overall understanding of the horse’s body structure and reveals areas of tension within the tissue that is called fascia.  It is the continuity of the fascia that I am most focused on.

The tissue known as the fascia can create holding patterns within the horse’s body making it either painful, or completely unable to move parts of its body as it was designed to.  It is these holding patterns or tensions that I’ll be working on specifically.  By creating a release of the fascia these releases, will allow the horse to have a greater range of motion enhanced flexion, and overall better movement.  These places up stuck fascia, often cause pain and limit movement.  It is important to understand that fascia is the connective tissue that binds our bodies together.  So, as an example, if you have a flat sheet, on the bed, and you place your hand in the middle of this nicely flattened sheet, grab a handful of this sheet and twist a little bit, you can see it that the wrinkles spread out over the entire sheet.  This is a simulation of what happens with in our bodies win our fascia becomes stuck.  In essence what I do is work with this sheet of fascia and smooth out the wrinkles.

This smoothing out process is like peeling the layers of an onion.  It usually takes about five sessions to work through these layers.  It is also necessary to give the horse time between sessions, to adjust to the new body position.  Often times, stuck fascia, create compressions on joints.  Win a fascia release happens, the body has a feeling of expansion.  So now the body is occupying a different place in space.  It is this new place in space the horse’s body needs time to settle into, therefore I usually allow a week between each session.  This will give the horse a chance to get used to the new body and the new place in space it lives.

Daniel Makus

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Equine Structural Intergration Practitioner

The treatment plan of five visits will take a horse from stiff to athletic – potentially improving the quality of life for any horse.

Cruiser feeling much better!