‘Shiatsu Therapy For Horses’ by Pamela Hannay. Shiatsu is a gentle, deeply effective holistic system of health care. It comes from Asia and has been developing for over 5,000 years. A sister therapy to acupuncture, it employs finger pressure to gently stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. Many of the techniques that Pamela Hannay demonstrates in this book are simple, can be learned quickly and are easy to apply. They are safe because they require only the application of the hands in a gentle and natural way. They treat physical problems and those of emotional pain and stress. There are over 300 colour and black and white photographs, detailed colour meridian location charts and point location charts, and easy-to-follow instructions and explanations that will ensure everyone can be more in touch with his or her horse. The joy Pamela felt in this work is evident throughout the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in helping their horse with touch and Shiatsu. It provides good details for self preparation, stretching your horse and formulating a treatment plan. The energy and gentleness Pamela brings to her treatments is lovely to observe.
‘Shiatsu with Horses’ by Pamela Hannay. This book is one of Pamela’s earlier books and it features shiatsu techniques that enable you to give your horse a basic session, covering techniques for his entire body that will relax, improve circulation, help prevent injury, and much more. The book focuses on communication between you and your horse and the techniques are explained so that the body of the practitioner can become more strong and flexible also.
‘Touching Horses’ by Pamela Hannay and Marion Kaselle. This is a photographic guide to communication and healing through shiatsu, a therapy that has been in practice for over 5000 years. The authors have over 17 years collective experience in treating horses and provide a detailed explanation of the principles, techniques and treatments of communication and healing of horses throgh touch. The book is illustrated with photographs of the various techniques.
‘Equine Massage Therapy’ by Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigst. Daily training and competing can result in injuries, aches and pains, which if treated by drugs alone may only mask the problem and not remedy it. This is why equine massage therapist Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt created a program of techniques that will enable owners and riders, trainers and grooms to: * Alleviate soreness and pain in the horse’s most vulnerable stress sites. * Identify and treat the injuries common to any horse sport. * Use relaxation and maintenance routines for the horse’s mental and physical well-being. I have found this book good as it provides step-by-step instruction and more than 150 photographs and diagrams so that everyone-including nonprofessionals-can learn to massage their horse. The book covers massage techniques, stretch exercises and stress point release work for your horse. I have referred to this book on numerous occasions in my work.
‘Holistic Care for Horses’ by Denise Bean-Raymond. The philosophies of TCM and other therapies apply just as readily to horses as people, integrating well with traditional care to contribute to the overall well-being of the horse. This book teaches soothing and nourishing treatments: equissage strokes, stretches, and acupressure treatments to treat pain or ailments are taught in full-colour step-by-step imagery. Veterinary-approved equine nutritional guides are also be explored. I found this book to provide a great overview of each of the different modalities: nutrition, exercise, massage, stretching, acupressure, herbs and essential oils. It is an attractive book that makes easy reading.
‘Stretch Exercises for Your Horse’ by Karin Blignault. This is a convenient, at-the-barn reference to help riders give their horses the perfect warm-up, featuring 124 colour photographs and drawings. The book is illustrated with photographs of the various techniques and anatomical diagrams of the equine musculature system. Scientific studies, and results in the field, have proved beyond doubt the value of stretch exercises in improving performance and guarding against injury. I find this book is useful in helping define and understand the individual muscles of the horse. The book demonstrates how to easily and gently maintain great muscular health in your horse. It will help you recognise and prevent further damage if injury occurs. I enjoyed the layout and detail of this book.
‘Essential Oils for Horses’ by Carole Faith. This comprehensive guide is designed to help those who wish to know how to use essential oils on their horses and covers everything from profiles of the oils themselves, what utensils to use and the conditions that can be treated. Essential oils are used to treat sweet itch and other skin problems, mud fever, strained muscles and tendons, respiratory ailments, digestive and emotional problems, to ward off flies and much, much more.