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Horse Wellness

Madison, WI
(608) 230 5616





Not only equine massage and bodywork contribute to the overall wellness of a horse, but many different factors combined make for a happy and healthy horse and a satisfied horse owner.

We all know the saying ' there are as many opinions as there are "horse people"'. The articles featured on my site represent my particular point of view and are focused on a natural and integrative approach in all things horse maintenance and a rather traditional European point of view in all things related to gymnasticizing.

I am looking at training/gymnasticizing from the perspective of muscular soundness of the horse and have given a lot of thought to recommendations around strengthening your horse from that point of view.

The gymnasticizing recommendations on this site mirror methods used in training the German cavalry horse according to the German Cavalry Manual for Training Horse & Rider (HDV12), which were the basis for today's FN guidelines. This type of gymnasticizing is mostly suitable for the Warmblood/Thoroughbred type horse. Depending on your horse's type and conformation, other recommendations may apply.

You will also find horse related recommendations for reading which I found especially inspiring or educational. For anyone sincerely interested in furthering the biomechanical soundness of their horse I highly recommend Beyond Horse Massage: A Breakthrough Interactive Method for Alleviating Soreness, Strain, and Tension by Jim Masterson and Stefanie Reinhold. Releasing tension in the horse's anatomy is the basis for the success of any riding/gymnasticizing program.

Please feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions or input of any kind.

Thank you!

Yankee and Stefanie

Stefanie Reinhold
ctfd. Masterson Method™Practitioner (MMCP) & Instructor
ctfd. Equine Massage Practitioner, WMSEM

- keeping your horse sound

  1. Listening versus Whispering - The Power of a True Dialog with Your Horse
  2. How to help prevent arthritis in your horse's neck and back
  3. Does your horse have uneven shoulders? Causes, problems & solutions
  4. Wellness Prevents Illness: The 5 Pillars of Musculoskeletal Wellness in Horses
  5. Horse Bitting Problems - What goes on in the bitted horse's mouth?
  6. A Sore Horse: How 'Sore' becomes 'Sour'
  7. Bodywork - The Final Touch in Hoof Trimming (article in Natural Horse Magazine)
  8. How to help your horse overcome a locking stifle (upward fixation of the patella, UFP)
  9. How to Create a Horse Wellness Plan - Supporting your horses soundness.
  10. How Saddle Fit Contributes to your Horses Soundness
  11. Benefits of equine massage and bodywork
  12. Gymnasticizing your horse for strength and flexibility
  13. Keep your horse flexible with active carrot stretches


  1. The Power of "BE"-time: Healing and Building Trust
  2. Pain and trauma related horse behavior issues in horses


  1. Wellness Grooming - for horse AND rider?
  2. Does my horse need a bath?
  3. Daily horse grooming 101
  4. Natural horse grooming guidelines
  5. Horse logical communication starts with grooming


  1. Of Muzzle Loaders, Poets & the Art of Riding
  2. Rolling your pelvis like Elvis - and other thoughts on Rider Fitness
  3. The HDV 12 - German Cavalry Manual on Training Horse & Rider (Or "What is it and why do you care?)









*) Please note: Equine massage and bodywork is a non-invasive, gentle wellness modality aimed at enhancing performance in the healthy horse and never replaces proper veterinary care. If in doubt regarding the physical health of your horse please consult your veterinarian.

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