very light touch and close observation of visual responses from the horse that the owner can use to help the horse release tension in the deeper muscles of the horse. These have been explained in more detail in the 2 part Mystery Hind End Issues article that appeared in recent issues of PHD, and in even more detail on training clips at https://www.mastersonmethod.com/trainingvideos.html. Rather than using up another page here to explain them, you might find it more beneficial to have it explained and see it done if you are interested in finding out more about what’s going on with your horse’s body, almost literally straight from the horse’s mouth. These techniques are rewarding not only for the improvement you might see in performance in your horse, but also for the improvement in relationship that develops through this interaction on the level of the horse’s own body language. In my experience the type of accident described above can result in an injury that can be diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian, a secondary “hidden” lameness that might be helped with bodywork, or both. It’s important that if an injury is found and is being treated by a veterinarian that the vet be consulted before doing any bodywork. Often bodywork is not recommended when an acute injury is involved. You don’t want to interfere with any treatment the horse is receiving unless the vet approves it. Once the horse has recovered from an injury then bodywork may help restore movement by releasing residual tension, or tension resulting from compensation for the injury during recovery. EZ DOES IT NO DIGGING. NO HASSLES. NO EASIER WAY. Portability, fresh supply of water, simple hose hookup? The EZ does it! Jim Masterson, equine bodywork therapist for the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 USEF Endurance Teams and for thousands of equine athletes competing on the AA level and in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Equestrian Games competitions, teaches a unique method of equine bodywork to horse owners and therapists in which the practitioner learns to read and use the responses of the horse to touch to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. This is an effective and rewarding method of bodywork that anyone can learn to use to improve performance, and open new levels of communication and trust with the horse. He is author of the book and DVD Beyond Horse Massage, the DVD Equine Massage For Performance Horses and the new DVD Dressage Movements Revealed. Go to www. mastersonmethod.com for more information. The all new EZ Fount delivers these great features and more and it’s only available from Classic Equine by Ritchie. Visit www.ClassicEquinebyRitchie.com for additional information. Horse Digest EZFount_4867x9875.indd 1 4/30/15 11:30 AM www.PerformanceHorseDigest.com 33