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Nordic Horse and Dog Therapy School

 

There is often a reason why horses have behavioral problems, or are difficult to handle, and one of these reasons is pain. I wanted to become better at identifying what is wrong in order to be able to help these horses, so I decided to take a therapist course.  The choice was the Nordic Horse and Horse Therapy School, where I trained as an authorized horse masseur (http://www.nht.no/). Now I have a collaboration with the school where I teach behavior and learning. 

 

Later I found out that the knowledge from the horse massage training is useful both in training horses and in teaching. The training helps me to see exactly where the horse and rider are tense, so that I can set up the training accordingly. Occasionally I also treat problem areas while the training session is in progress. Another important part of massage is that it can have a calming effect, and I have on several occasions used it in combination with the training of stressed horses.

 

The equine masseur training consisted of intensive courses, self-study, and implementation of treatments in practice. We went through massage, stretching, trigger point treatment, connective tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, connective tissue massage, segment massage, hydrotherapy and more. In addition, there are courses in bite adaptation, saddle adaptation, feeding, lameness assessment and hoofing.

 

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