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Here’s a rare glimpse under the skin at living fascia (connective tissue) through a microscope.

I have the DVD myself, “Strolling Under the Skin,” and am thrilled to see at least a little of it available on YouTube to share with you.

You may be fascinated by what the narrator is saying, or totally overwhelmed, but just please enjoy the “wow” factor of the visual images, and don’t let the speed and complexity of the narration put you off the overall impression, that fascia is cool! (And so is Myofascial Release!)

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This and the next post feature resources from ReactorPanel Saddle Company. I will then also included some posts with other excellent resources. Yes, I do have a slight bias toward RP saddles because I own two myself, one for each of the horses we ride (with a saddle). I’ve tested both with the Port Lewis Impression Pad, and both show no pressure spots, which is pretty remarkable, as you know if you’ve ever tested any saddles yourself. That said, RP saddles are not for everyone, nor for every horse, and any saddle that fits both horse and rider is just great!

So this post is to highlight a series of YouTube videos from the RP company, and the one I suggest you start with even if you have no interest in RP saddles, is the one looking at a horse’s conformation through the eyes of a saddle-fitter….
(Note: At the end of the video, across the bottom of the screen you’ll see additional RP videos you can click on to watch.)

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Prince-a-roo is our family’s ever-young gelding, 1/2 Morgan and 1/2 Connemara, now 8 years old. He recently had an appointment to recheck the fit of his ReactorPanel Saddle. Saddle fit is a critical topic for all riders to understand something about, and very importantly, to have some awareness of what you don’t know along with that which you do learn along the way. In other words, I hope you realize that just because you don’t know that your horse’s saddle doesn’t fit, please don’t assume that it does fit. Make sense? Maybe it does, or maybe it doesn’t and it’s just not that obvious.

I had ridden Prince sporadically over the last couple of years since his saddle was fit for him. (It’s an adjustable saddle, custom-fit but not custom-made.) He had changed, and I had made some adjustments myself to the saddle, so I was thrilled to get a chance to have the owner of the RP saddle company check it out in person when she was in town recently. I knew I also wanted to have a test ride with a Port Lewis Impression Pad (see next paragraph) at the same appointment. I’m happy to report that the fit looked good, so we went right to testing it with the impression pad, and the results were essentially perfect, zero see-through spots and only one small area of slightly thinner orange-red goo. Yay!

I did not take my camera with me to photograph Prince’s results, but you can go to this site to see a photo (scroll down for it) of an impression pad result from a random test with another horse/saddle. It shows you how the red goo inside the pad squishes away from the areas of higher pressure, leaving some clear areas. With less serious pressure points, you see areas where more light shines through thinner goo when held up to the light. This is a wonderful tool to use to really know what your horse’s back is experiencing when you ride. Because you do test it with a ride, not just standing in the aisle way as saddle fit is so often checked. (And my suggestion is that if you’re part of a group such as a club or a boarding facility, you look into having everyone pitch in a few bucks and buy one to share!)

Since a well-fitting saddle is so critical to the health of any riding horse’s back (no matter how often they get massaged), I will do the next couple posts on the same topic, so stay tuned….

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Another video….

Here’s another video, this time one of mine. I’ll be working this year on getting more short videos produced to share more techniques and tips, so stay tuned!

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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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If you haven’t already seen this video through the All About Animal Massage site or newsletter, here’s a link to a video taken from an equine massage class I taught, which shows a technique for helping your horse’s ribs, breath, and back (so therefore everything really :)) It also includes some discussion of the anatomy behind it, which is how I teach all the techniques and anatomy in The Horse Lover’s Guide to Massage: What Your Horse Wants You to Know. That is, I like to teach them in chunks together, so they enhance each other through the connections.

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