June barrels on: we've arrived at the fourth installment of Equinology INC®'s A Horse Owner's Guide to Equine Massage, "The Neck Part One." In the past few weeks of exploring massage with your horse, perhaps you've gained a new appreciation for the continuity of layers, the contours of soft tissue around hard, the magnificence and precision of your horse's anatomy. (See: items no. 6,018 – 6,021 on List of Reasons I Love My Job). Is your horse amazing or is your horse amazing?
Now that you're all equine massage pros, Debranne Pattillo wants you to use your newfound touch to investigate your horse's experience as a working athlete. This article includes several checks and applicable massage strokes to target the musculature of your horse's neck. As you read, consider what your hands can tell you about what it feels like for your horse to exist within his body. Then, follow up that insight by using them to promote his best comfort and function.
(Psst--if you're new to this series, please check out the introduction to "A Horse Owner's Guide to Equine Massage: Part One" before you begin!)
Have fun, and let me know how it goes!