Since you’re one of my best fans and so instrumental in getting Wingz in top form, I wanted to share this with you. The show season ends Sept 30th so this can change, but for now, Wingz is 3rd top Hanoverian in the country, Adult Amateur 3rd Level. http://www.usdf.org/awards/preliminary/allbreedsResults.asp It’s pretty cool to see her listed here. Thank you for all you’ve done for her!!!! Rickie
OUR HORSES DESERVE TO FEEL THEIR BEST BECAUSE THEY GIVE US THEIR BEST: After her first session, I noticed a difference right away. She had more energy and was eager to canter for a long time. After the second session, she was much more balanced and willing to shift her weight to her hind end. This resulted in smoother and cleaner canter departs and our lateral work was much easier. After her third session, she has more energy again, like the horse I never knew I had. She is living up to her bloodlines and is starting to show great promise in the Dressage arena. Thank you for unlocking her potential for a bright future and giving us a chance to become better partners. Our horses deserve to feel their best, because they give us their best. Your bodywork is money well spent. Marcia S
I FELT THE TISSUE MOVE LIKE A WAVE….After the workshop, I came home and spent time with Aspen refreshing our communication. She never left me. Aspen always has tissue issues on the left side of her neck. I laid hands on her and I felt the tissue move (like a wave under my hand) and then I felt a lot of movement by my little finger. It felt like a creek. I am so excited to finally have a chance to get reconnected with my horse. And she clearly loved the attention. Nancy F
.…fascia is so amazing, it’s hard to believe it’s true! Fall of 2019, Remi had a negative plane in his hind feet. We put wedges (natural balance plastic wedges, 3″ pads) on hind feet together with the wedges and 2 sessions with Margret, we were able to realign the coffin bonnet a positive plane to advance Remi’s healing process. Jane C
Had to write to tell you that I lunged P today and he did some remarkable things! H was doing un-named airs above the ground and he felt so good and moved like a dancer. You really made some changes in his body the other day and he’s really feeling terrific. Thank you so much!!!!!!
Margret Henkels’ Is Your Horse 100%? instantly stood out to me as a valuable resource to those of us who engage equines in therapeutic or educational work. Program horses are often in the second half of their lives and/or retired from more demanding performance careers, which often have had some long-term effects on their soundness and general physical well-being. In addition, these wonderful equines now rise to the challenges of therapeutic work, which may include carrying riders who are unbalanced, or who demonstrate high levels of anxiety or even unusual human behaviors at times. All of these factors can cause program horses to be uncomfortable on the job or to burnout, and as a program director, I am always eager to find accessible resources that can enhance the well-being of our essential equine partners.
Henkels’ conformation balancing and fascia fitness methods offer an affordable, do-no-harm, flexible body work option that the layperson can learn to do safely, hopefully maintaining or enhancing our program horses’ physical and mental well-being. In addition, Henkels’ approach is inherently hopeful – she reminds us “the body is not static” but always changing, for better or worse. With her methods, we can support our horses changes in the direction of fitness and competency. Henkels reminds us that as “horse people,” we are all always communicating with our horses, and she provides simple but brave advice for deepening our intimacy with our equine partners through evolved, deliberate nonverbal communication. All around, the words and images in Henkel’s beautiful book engaged my sense of our ever-evolving and deepening connection with the equine species. I especially appreciated her practical ideas for giving back to the program equines I know, who give so much to humankind.
—Karen Brittle, Assistant Professor of Equine Studies, Centenary University, and Director of Therapeutic Riding At Centenary (TRAC); PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL)