Measured Response™ Training and Body Work
Measured Response™ is using horse body language to identify their inherent hierarchical place in the herd, regardless of the horses around them, and then using that information to respond to and train the horse on its level. A horse can be inherently dominant, submissive, or anything in between.
If a handler uses the wrong body language on a horse, it's a recipe for disaster. If a submissive horse is treated the way a dominant horse needs to be treated, it becomes anxious, nervous, and eventually mentally self-destructs. If a dominant horse is treated as a submissive horse, it becomes your superior and takes over the relationship. The dominant horse then becomes pushy, manipulative, and even aggressive. Where the Measured Response gets tricky is when a horse acts dominant, but is actually submissive AND defensive, or when a horse is very subtle about its dominant behavior. Typically by the time a subtle horse bites or kicks, it has given many subtle cues and has to escalate to get its handlers to notice. No horse should feel a need to be defensive or a need to escalate its behavior. Good leadership by a horse's handler means understanding and knowing how to use the Measured Response to his/her advantage.
Another key component to the defensive, forward, and/or aggressive horse is pain. If a horse is in pain anywhere in it's body, it can lash out, buck, kick, bite, rush forward, refuse to stand for mounting and more. The amount it lashes out depends on 3 factors:
Measured Response Body Work is a method HHIA's Head Trainer, Lisa Wynne, developed to assist horses in pain. It gives the horse the tools it needs to relieve its own pain. The amount of pressure/strength used is determined by the horse through Measured Response. The method promotes relaxation in areas where a horse holds its tension (they hold tension in certain places in their bodies just like people do). It can also assist with injury recovery, and can help manage arthritis, something we are seeing in horses more often and at younger ages due to selective breeding, inbreeding, and "backyard" breeding. Injuries/conditions we have worked with include:
Want a Measured Response™ Body Work session for your horse? Call 314.276.3337 to schedule.
Sessions are $75 plus travel.
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