Horses are masters of hiding tension that affects emotional, mental and physical performance. Just like we do yoga, massage, stretch to maintain our fitness, and grow in our emotional well-being. We can help release long held muscle tension and release anxiety in these horse to help them learn and let go of emotional stress that aids in training.
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Signs of Release and Communication in Horses
Releases and Communication
Horses communicate and show signs of release with small subtle expressions or movements. Some will show big things like shifting the back end, yawning, licking and chewing, sighing or blowing or giving a whole body shake or even wanting to lay down and roll, and other stoic horses will only show a lip quiver, a sleepy demeanor, or not show anything at all until you are out of their space.
This mare became so relaxed that she relaxed her TMJ, Hyoid apparatus and her jaw where she was holding a lot of tension.
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