Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Here’s a Valentine’s Day gift for you for your horse. If you e-mail me by midnight tomorrow, February 15, 2011, I’ll send you my e-book, More Massage Moves for Horse Lovers for free, just for fun, and love, of course!

I also should post, that I will be getting more consistent with blog posts later this year. (Not to mention the somewhat neglected Facebook page!) But for the next few months I need to focus on getting my current on-line classes fully developed, and delivered to my earliest students. (New students always welcome of course. Lessons are all recorded, so you can begin anytime.)

The courses are Equine Back Pain and Helping Your Dog’s Hips. I hope you’ll check them out if you haven’t already.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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The webinar I did this week, Natural Healing Secrets for Rescued and Adopted Animals, is now available as a recording. To receive the link, along with some more free stuff, go to www.RescueHorseMassage.com! (Once there, look at the right side margin and you’ll see a blue box with a link to “Get them all here.”)

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Registration is now available for my first webinar! The first topic is massage tips especially suited for rescued and adopted animals, as you can see in the title above.

Go to www.RescueHorseMassage.com to register for the event.

It’s a 1 hr free webinar. Just click on the link and it will take you step-by-step through the process of registering and attending. You can attend live, or listen to a recording later anytime. You’ll automatically be e-mailed a link to the recording later if you register.

But before you can register, you’ll have to confirm your request for the subscription, so be sure to watch your e-mails!

The information in the webinar will apply extremely well to horses, as well as to dogs and cats and many other species. Very soon I’ll have a more in-depth, on-line class dedicated especially to rescue horses (and different classes for dogs and cats).

I look forward to sharing lots of information with you in the webinar!

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Please take a few minutes to share your challenges, concerns and wishes as an animal care-giver/owner. Your responses will help in developing support!

Click here to help with this survey.

I’ll share results in a future blog post.

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Here’s a link to some new research which supports what we all already knew about the power of touch. As usual, the research is about humans, which is fine. Just know it all applies to the animals, too. (Humans are animals, too, after all!)

The article’s title is “Massage May Aid in Grieving Process.”

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I’m very happy to announce that my book, The Horse Lover’s Guide to Massage: What Your Horse Wants You to Know, did indeed win a bronze award for 2010 (for books published in 2009)!
You can see the complete list of winners and more information about the awards at the Living Now Book Awards website,

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Book award honor, so far…

I’m excited to announce that my book, The Horse Lover’s Guide to Massage: What Your Horse Wants You to Know, is one of four finalists of the 2010 Living Now Book Award in the Animals category (scroll down to category #7 to see the list). The final awards will be announced on April 22.

Send those judges lots of positive vibes!

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Following up on the last post, since my horses were all sedated for their very thorough dental exams, I’m reminded of something I try to keep in mind any time they’re sedated. Along with the rest of the body, sedation can slow down the gut, or digestive process. My horse Kiona once had minor colic symptoms following a sedation, and the best guess seemed to be that it was likely due to this effect. (In her case, she came around very quickly with just some coaching from the vet over the phone.)

So now whenever my horse’s are sedated, or even in advance if I anticipate it, I like to do at least one or sometimes several things to help their digestive system as preventative care. Massage, of course, is one of these, since the genuine relaxation effect of massage stimulates the digestion (as opposed to the effect of artificial sedation, interesting!). But there are also other very quick strategies to add to massage, or as an alternative. For example, you can offer your horse some grazing time, if possible, since fresh grass is excellent for the digestion (if your horse’s health allows). You can also soak their hay, making it more easily digested and ensuring more water intake along with it. And of course, taking your horse for a walk is helpful, since the walking movement also promotes gut movements. (Please note that following sedation you need to be sure your horse is fully alert again before offering any food to avoid risk of choke or other chewing related problems. Likewise, for greater safety, wait until the sedation has worn off before taking your horse for a walk.)

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We’re lucky to have right here in Western Washington a state of the art equine rehabilitation facility called Pegasus. Technology and services include not only swim therapy and an underwater treadmill, but even hyperbaric oxygen therapy, whole body vibration therapy, solarium, and more. You can find a video tour on the website, which is beautiful to watch, but having been on a tour myself, the video doesn’t remotely do justice to the services offered, and the difference they make for injured horses. (Though if you watch long enough, you will see a horse in the pool, and one entering and exiting the hyperbaric chamber.)

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So I came across this nicely edited video I thought you’d like, giving a wonderful overview of horse massage, and a little of what it’s like to be an equine massage therapist. Then I realized, hey, I know that woman! In the video, she doesn’t have the red hair I remember from when we’ve taken a couple of classes together a few years back, but I’m very happy to see her again via youtube at least 🙂  and to share her beautifully done video with you here. Thank you, Rebecca Thomas, for your great work!

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