How to Prepare

to get the most out of your Masterson Method® Session

You can assist in readying your horse for the session by preparing ahead of time. Properly prepping yourself and your horse before my arrival for the session will greatly enhance the overall experience for all of us.

Your horse’s session should be their only activity that day – no farrier, dentist, vet, or other equine professionals on that day, please.

Disclaimer:  Neither The Masterson Method® nor EJ Equine Bodywork treats or diagnoses medical conditions.  This bodywork is never a replacement for proper veterinary care.  I will not diagnose conditions, attempt chiropractic adjustments, nor prescribe medicines or supplements for your horse.  If the horse is currently being seen by a veterinarian for recovery from illness or injury, we must clear this work with that professional to ensure that bodywork is currently appropriate for the horse.

How to Prepare Before a Session

Communication

Communicate any specific issues or areas of concern with me before the session begins, ensuring that I can tailor the session to address your horse’s needs effectively. To aid in this process, you may use the Intake Form below. If you do not have time to fill this out prior to your session, it will need to be filled out during the first few minutes of your session.

If you are not able to be present at the session, I would ask that you do the following to ensure that the session goes smoothly and your horse gets the most benefit:

  • Schedule a phone call or Zoom meeting to discuss any new updates or concerns you may have prior to the session.
  • Be sure there are arrangements made to bring your horse to the stall (preferably) or area where we will be working prior to the session time and to have your horse taken after the session is completed.
  • Arrange for me to meet the person who is responsible for your horse that day in case of an emergency.
  • Payment can be left in the form of cash or check OR you can Venmo payment when you have been notified that the session is complete.

Environment

The right session location is crucial for optimal results. I prefer working in a spacious stall that allows your horse to move comfortably and stretch its hind legs freely if possible. If a stall is unavailable, a shady round-pen can be used as long as other owners or trainers are not expecting to use the space. A level surface is essential for techniques that require steady 3-legged balance. Adequate bedding is required for routine urination and defecation, as well as for a comfortable rolling experience if your horse chooses to do so. Please have a shovel and bucket nearby for cleaning purposes.

Removing all grain and hay as eating will interfere with the session. Provide plenty of fresh water though, it is necessary as horses often drink during the process.

Quiet spaces will create an environment with fewer distractions and allow for more engagement from your horse. If possible, it is recommended that you schedule your horse’s session during your barn’s downtime.

Your Horse

Feed your horse before their session. Hunger is a distraction. Try to avoid scheduling a session during your horse’s regular feeding time. We want your horse as content and relaxed as possible.

If your horse has been worked, be sure that it has had several hours to cool down before we meet.

The halter is important to a successful session. I recommend a flat nylon or leather halter that is able to be moved around in the poll area and is large enough for a full yawn. This will ensure that I can reach all the necessary joints and muscles. I’ll also need a 6′ lead line. Rope halters are not preferred.

Cleanliness is very helpful to allow me to focus on the muscles and tissues during the session! My hands will be everywhere on your horse, so please clean hooves and do a light once-over before my arrival, if possible. I’ll be working under the tail and would appreciate it if that area could be wiped clean of anything stuck or dried.  

Communication

Communicate any specific issues or areas of concern with me before the session begins, ensuring that I can tailor the session to address your horse’s needs effectively. To aid in this process, you may use the Intake Form below. If you do not have time to fill this out prior to your session, it will need to be filled out during the first few minutes of your session.

If you are not able to be present at the session, I would ask that you do the following to ensure that the session goes smoothly and your horse gets the most benefit:

  • Schedule a phone call or Zoom meeting to discuss any new updates or concerns you may have prior to the session.
  • Be sure there are arrangements made to bring your horse to the stall (preferably) or area where we will be working prior to the session time and to have your horse taken after the session is completed.
  • Arrange for me to meet the person who is responsible for your horse that day in case of an emergency.
  • Payment can be left in the form of cash or check OR you can Venmo payment when you have been notified that the session is complete.

Environment

The right session location is crucial for optimal results. I prefer working in a spacious stall that allows your horse to move comfortably and stretch its hind legs freely if possible. If a stall is unavailable, a shady round-pen can be used as long as other owners or trainers are not expecting to use the space. A level surface is essential for techniques that require steady 3-legged balance. Adequate bedding is required for routine urination and defecation, as well as for a comfortable rolling experience if your horse chooses to do so. Please have a shovel and bucket nearby for cleaning purposes.

Removing all grain and hay as eating will interfere with the session. Provide plenty of fresh water though, it is necessary as horses often drink during the process.

Quiet spaces will create an environment with fewer distractions and allow for more engagement from your horse. If possible, it is recommended that you schedule your horse’s session during your barn’s downtime.

Your Horse

Feed your horse before their session. Hunger is a distraction. Try to avoid scheduling a session during your horse’s regular feeding time. We want your horse as content and relaxed as possible.

If your horse has been worked, be sure that it has had several hours to cool down before we meet.

The halter is important to a successful session. I recommend a flat nylon or leather halter that is able to be moved around in the poll area and is large enough for a full yawn. This will ensure that I can reach all the necessary joints and muscles. I’ll also need a 6′ lead line. Rope halters cannot be used.

Cleanliness is very helpful to allow me to focus on the muscles and tissues during the session! My hands will be everywhere on your horse, so please clean hooves and do a light once-over before my arrival, if possible. I’ll be working under the tail and would appreciate it if that area could be wiped clean of anything stuck or dried.  

Post-Session Instructions

After a Masterson Method® bodywork session, it’s highly beneficial to allow your horse ample time to rest and integrate the effects of the gentle techniques applied. Waiting as long as possible before engaging your horse in further activity allows their body to fully absorb the benefits of the session. By giving your horse this time to rest and relax, you’re enabling them to experience deeper levels of release and relaxation, maximizing the effectiveness of the Masterson Method®. This approach prioritizes your horse’s well-being and ensures they can fully reap the rewards of the session, leading to improved overall comfort, movement, and performance over time.

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