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post #11 of 15 Old 07-05-2015, 12:18 AM
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Older rancher who doesn't tolerate nonsense. You know what he said to me after I sharply corrected my gelding when he was leaping around? "Leave him be, I'll work on him while he moves." Remy wasn't coming into my space, mind you, but pulling away from me and pawing in obvious anxiety and stress.

This^^^^^ is exactly what one must learn to do when working on a horse. It's what I meant when I said you must work at the horse's level of acceptance. Move with the horse, adjust your techniques to accommodate the horse, it's level of pain and attitude. You ALWAYS watch the horse's head and ears, and eyes while doing massage to judge their reactions. If they express discomfort in one area, work on another area of their body that you can get a positive reaction from, then go back and work slowly on the problem areas.

That Rancher was very wise.
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-05-2015, 01:28 AM
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He is absolutely incredible. He does it for the love of the horse. He only charges $30, no matter how much work a horse needs done. Obviously he gets a heck of a tip! He only does bodywork on the side. I was pretty nervous about using him because of that, but he's better than the chiropractors I used back East who do bodywork for a living!
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-05-2015, 08:24 PM
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My horse was acting extremely unusual, refusing to stand still, leaping sideways when the saddle came near him, bucking/running away under saddle (not badly, but it hadn't ever happened before) etc. This is ODD behavior for a horse who loves to work and used to be ridden by grandmas on the trail, so I got a chiropractor out. Older rancher who doesn't tolerate nonsense. You know what he said to me after I sharply corrected my gelding when he was leaping around? "Leave him be, I'll work on him while he moves." Remy wasn't coming into my space, mind you, but pulling away from me and pawing in obvious anxiety and stress.

Turns out my horse had just about everything a horse could have out. Poll, withers, SI, hips, ribs, back. Remy'd gotten cast several times in a short period while with a trainer, who instead of calling out a vet (or informing me the severity of the injury while I was 2000 miles away), continued riding the heck out of him. The chiro said you can not expect a horse in that much pain to not move. IMMEDIATELY after adjusting his poll, Remy stopped moving. I **** near started crying. At the end the chiropractor told me I had a nice horse, but just to keep up on his adjustments. Since then I have had no issues with him standing or accepting a saddle. He's going to a trainer in a couple weeks for undersaddle work, and to ensure the bucking/running off is 100% over and done, but it is really just for my peace of mind.

I appreciate the bodywork my horse got so much. I was just about at my wits end. So I wouldn't be too upset about the horse's behavior . . . You're not training the horse, you don't own it, your job is to massage them. If you think you're in danger, however, just leave and refuse any further services. I'd respect that more than a chiropractor/massage therapist deciding to correct my horse themselves!
Very telling story. While I know some ARE brats I'm guessing this side is often overlooked unless it's blatantly obvious.
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post #14 of 15 Old 07-06-2015, 10:32 AM
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He is absolutely incredible. He does it for the love of the horse. He only charges $30, no matter how much work a horse needs done. Obviously he gets a heck of a tip! He only does bodywork on the side. I was pretty nervous about using him because of that, but he's better than the chiropractors I used back East who do bodywork for a living!
I love this. Love to see true respect and love for the horse in action, especially from a rough, old rancher. (some of the roughest ones have the most tender hearts)

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post #15 of 15 Old 07-06-2015, 05:09 PM
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I love this. Love to see true respect and love for the horse in action, especially from a rough, old rancher. (some of the roughest ones have the most tender hearts)
Agree, send him here?
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