Testimonials - Equestrian Balancing Therapy
Kate & Aramis - Equestrian Balancing Therapy
Aramis had been struggling to work to his full potential for a number of years before trying EBT. He had had time off work due to various illnesses and injuries, but really began struggling in April 2007 when he lost all confidence in his ridden work. He was experiencing stiffness when ridden and started to show discomfort. He lost confidence in canter and would buck through transitions as he anticipated pain. His work was erratic, some days he felt fine in walk trot and canter, on other days he felt so stiff and sore I did not dare ask him to do anything but walk. Over the months Aramis was regularly seen by chiropractor Andrea Pole and his muscles treated by Heidi Barnsley, both of whom improved Aramis' confidence and way of going. However there was no sparkle to his work. Most schooling sessions involved 20 to 30 minutes work in walk and throwing every lateral movement under the sun at him so that he would not be unlevel when asked for trot. Even after this extended period in walk his trot would still be very stiff and although would loosen off a little more would never feel truly strong through his back. Aramis' canter had also been weak for a long time, showing signs of discomfort through the transition and stiff during the canter on both reins (a comment regularly found on his dressage sheets). The best description I can offer of Aramis' ridden work before using EBT is that it was always a bit like sitting in a hollow; there was a front end in front of you and a back end behind you and you as the rider stuck in the middle but the two ends didn't meet. There was a general overriding feeling something was missing. Aramis has been through good and bad patches over the years, but looking back even when he was feeling well there had always been something not quite right.
Julie started using EBT on Aramis around about the middle October 2008. The results have been dramatic to say the least. During the first session Aramis' trot became big, powerful and much more ground covering. He was really able to work through his back in a way not felt for a long time. In subsequent sessions Julie has built upon this work, and Aramis has been able to hold the powerful trot for increasing longer periods of time, not only during the session but also for increasingly longer periods into the following week. As Aramis began to use himself more from behind, Julie realised he was being restricted through his shoulders. Using the EBT work to release Aramis' shoulders has been nothing short of a revelation. His whole way of carrying himself has changed, even stood on the yard he looks taller! In his work he is now able to work in a much more upright frame through his shoulder, powering forward in walk, trot and even canter, working up into my hand in a way he has never physically been able to do so before. My position has improved no end, as at last my horse is offering his back so I have something to sit on, rather than feeling like I was sitting in a hole. I now feel I am riding a big powerful dressage horse, rather than a scuttling 12hh pony. Riding Aramis is becoming easy and a real privilege, not one long session of me trying to cajole him to give a bit more and Aramis trying his best but not physically being able to deliver. The more EBT has been used, the more Aramis has adjusted to being able to use his body in different ways, the more his confidence has increased as he realises the stiffness and restrictions that have impeded him for years are no longer there. His ridden work just keeps getting better and better.
Kate Hands Harvey