The Equine Touch is a hands-on system of bodywork proven to be beneficial in many ways. Equine Touch can help to release tense muscles, reduce the pain spiral, assist in detoxification and lymphatic drainage by increasing circulation.
Carly Hillier explains what Zoopharmacognosy is and how it can help your horse.
Zoopharmacognosy - now, that’s a word you won’t see on the back of a Cornflakes packet when you sit down to breakfast. Whilst a bit of a mouthful, broken down the word translates as animals (zoo) + drugs (pharma) + cognitive knowing (cognosy), and describes the process by which animals self-medicate in the wild on plants, clays, algae and insects in order to restore and maintain health.
I start by making a full assessment of the horse by checking how their conformation is put together, how their back shape is, how they are standing, hoof balance, how they move their shoulders, their depth of girth where girth sits, and how they are trained. Their musculature can give you an indication of how they are going to move, and what influence that will have over the saddle and then if there is work going on to improve that, you have to take into consideration what the client is going to do.