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Bette – please tell us how to get hold of Michel Kaplan clinic organizers!
Yes, you are right about the desensitization.
From: Bette Lamore [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 8:20 AM
To: Kathy Mayeda
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Re: RC: Re: Sore Back
The problem with the method of running your fingers down their backs to
test for pain is this: if the horse has been in pain for some period of
time, he will frequently "block" the pain--- meaning he has no feeling
to the touch yet is still has a back problem. There are pressure points
by the hip which the Chinese call "The Gates of Heaven" which will
unblock the nervous system of the horse and then you can test for
soreness. Michel Kaplan (used by many different Olympic teams) teaches a
course on his neurokinesiology, which I took. It has saved my horses
from much unnecessary pain. If he offers a clinic in your area, I'd go.
His techniques have a lot in common with the TTouch method which, if I
remember, you are very familiar with. Both are incredibly helpful.
> Kathy Mayeda wrote:
> There’s an excellent book out called “Understanding the Horses Back”
> by Sarah Wyche. It lists a whole checklist of things to go through in
> trouble shooting back problems. Believe me, I know about what you’re
> going through – 6 saddles later I licked the major issue by getting a
> ReactorPanel saddle, but all the other things need to be addressed as
> well – like good dentistry, shoeing and proper riding/exercise.
> Len Brown of Orthoflex has a video out on palpating the horses back.
> It’s a little homegrown type of video, but it shows step by step how
> to pinpoint back soreness.
> If you run your fingers with medium pressure on either side of the
> spine and your horse dips his back dramatically at any specific point
> – yes there is soreness. If you continue to palpate, sometimes he’ll
> get a little desensitized and not dip his back at the touch.
> Good luck!
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